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Just saw Lord of War (potential spoilers for lots of movies too)

Good movie. A bit long, but it seemed like the right length for the story that was being told, there didn't seem to be any extra or repeated parts.

Speaking of typecasting, wasn't that Ethan Hawke reprising his role from Training Day?

I liked the bit where Nicholas Cage was high and when the guy tried to shoot him, he apologized and tried to fix his gun. That scene really cemented how much it was in his blood, and I guess after snorting gun powder, it literally was.

After the first 15 minutes, my sister said it reminded her of Blow.

The beginning with the bullet being manufactured and brought all the way to being used was perfect. A wee bit Fight Club-ish and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-ish, I thought, but exactly right for the movie.

The only bit I didn't like was they didn't tie up the loose end of the prostitute who may have had AIDS.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 23rd, 2006
Ethan Hawke suddenly looks really old in this movie.

The gun fixing bit is more indicative of his death wish at that point, I think. Similarly the prostitute, the horror of not knowing whether he's contracted AIDS or not is much more of a punishment than the disease itself.
Permalink Flasher T 
January 23rd, 2006
Yeah, well he spent a lot of time with his brow really furrowed.

Yeah, I got the deathwish part, but that _that_ was how it came out was interesting. He had a habit, throughout the movie, of not acting frazzled no matter how many guns were pointed at him. The scene echoed the "Now this is a used gun, nobody's going to buy a used gun" scene earlier in the movie.

Seen through the deathwish perspective, I can forgive the prostitute scene not having been followed up. But then, it's probably my own neurosis and upbringing showing - "how can you let something like that go?"

I saw a "The kids who are entering college now were born in 1987" list on the internet. One of the items was "They've never known a time when there wasn't AIDS." I grew up when AIDS was just being discovered. Maybe it's just a culture gap thing, a forty something in the mid 90's might not have gotten tested a quickly as a twenty something in the 2000's.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 23rd, 2006
Hmm, just watched that last night also. Good stuff.

I especially liked the blurb at the very end about the 5 largest exporters of arms also happening to be the 5 permanent seats on the UN security council.
Permalink I am Jack's major mundane Monday 
January 23rd, 2006
Heh. Ethan Hawke was playing the character from Training Day fifteen years later (and much more tired).

But, yeah.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 23rd, 2006
Pretty much, but Training Day came out five years ago... which is what surprised me.
Permalink Flasher T 
January 23rd, 2006
It was a really good movie. Definitely not what I was expecting, but very interesting to follow the story and see how his work affected him emotionally and eventually ruined his home life. In the end, he lost everything - family, wife, child, etc. All he had was himself and his job.

I noticed the "5 largest exporters of arms" part at the end, too. Somewhat ironic when you think about it.
Permalink QADude 
January 23rd, 2006
I particularly like the scene in which Cage is told you must pick a side. He replies "you didn't in the Iran-Iraq war", to which the reply was "Maybe we wanted both sides to lose".
Permalink GML 
January 23rd, 2006

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