Lord of War
Don’t be mad, Bridget. It’s not you. I just can’t be any kinder to this film.

Theatrical Release Date: 09/16/2005
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, Eamonn Walker, Ian Holm

I didn’t bother to try too hard to get to this while it was in theaters. Now I’m mad I bothered to watch it at all.

In “Lord of War”, Nicolas Cage plays a first generation Ukrainian immigrant who ends up becoming an arms supplier of the highest magnitude (when not in comparison to wholesale armies).

The film tracks his life and career from a small time Uzi salesman to the chief arms supplier of the Liberian dictator. Along the way, Interpol tries their best to catch him red handed but as fate and the script would have it, their chief agent (Hawke) won’t break any rules even though he knows Cage is guilty.

The performances in the film are decent and the production value is fairly high. However, the director seems to never have met a frame of celluloid that he didn’t love and “Lord of War” drags on and on and on.

While watching the DVD, I checked to see how much time was left and discovering that there were still 30 minutes to go, got up and went to the bathroom. Upon returning, I started my computer up and began this review. As I’m typing, the film appears to be reaching its conclusion.

And I don’t care.

Considering the moral issues brought up in the film, both via the world of arms trading and the secrets and lies Cage deals with in relation to his wife (Moynahan), “Lord of War” had an opportunity to explore some interesting concepts.

Instead, what’s presented on screen is just melodrama disguised as an international crime drama. If it weren’t for the production value and performances, this review could have gone much, much worse. A 2 out of 5, should you happen upon “Lord of War” on the rental shelves or online, feel free to pass it up and move on to whatever else is available.