I really enjoy watching Nic Cage films for the most part they pretty much guarantee an entertaining time. Not only that but he switches genres frequently that results in his films always remaining fresh. I’ve taken upon myself to become very familiar with his filmography as I review everyone of his offerings currently available on Bluray in the UK and several that are obtainable via importing. That brings me on to the latest Bluray film review. This one’s a little different from his other films as it sees him take on the role of a successful gun runner. So without further ado here’s my Lord of War (2005) blu-ray review.
- Lord of War (2005)
- Genre: Crime, Drama
- Directed by Andrew Niccol
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Momentum Pictures
- Blu-ray Released: 27 October 2008
Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is a Ukrainian refugee that settled in Brooklyn with his parents. He decides he wants to make it big and chooses to become an arms dealer with the goal of becoming the world’s top man.
Style / Direction
The film is written and directed by Andrew Niccol whilst the cinematography is handled by Amir Mokri. Cage narrates throughout the film as he essentially tells his story of how he became the top arms dealer in the world excluding the individual countries such as the USA. This mechanic is at the heart of the film and it really does make the whole film come together from a storytelling point of view.
There’s plenty of action and varied locations helping to make this visually pleasing. The film also oozes a cool stylish vibe whilst also showing the negatives of the world of international gun running.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Antonio Pinto.
Acting / Characters
The cast is fabulous with all of the main characters well acted. Nicolas Cage narrates his characters, Yuri Orlov rise to the top of arms dealing world which actually helps to make the story come alive.
Yuri marries his dream girl Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan) but it’s the relationship with his brother Vitaly (Jared Leto) that’s really the key one in this story. Leto really bounces well of Cage and the two are excellent helping to create both an entertaining and real looking into the consequences of selling arms to just about anyone.
Ethan Hawke meanwhile takes on the role of Jack Valentine a DEA agent keen to bring Yuri Orlov to justice.
- Nicolas Cage as Yuri Orlov
- Ethan Hawke as Jack Valentine
- Jared Leto as Vitaly Orlov
- Bridget Moynahan as Ava Fontaine
- Nalu Tripician as Nikolai Orlov
- Ian Holm as Simeon Weisz
- Eamonn Walker as André Baptiste Sr
- Sammi Rotibi as André Baptiste Jr
- Eugene Lazarev as General Dmitri Orlov
Conclusion: Lord of War (2005) Film Review
The film tackles the world of gun running from the unusual point of view, that of the arms dealer. Normally you see it from the law enforcement side and this makes a refreshing change. What this film does very well is to have humorous moments and cool lead character whilst never forgetting to show the repercussions of his actions. People die and somehow Yuri Orlov manages to somehow keep a clear conscience, believing that it is the buyer’s that are the killers not his weapons. After all he merely provides the hardware and it’s up to those receiving the arms to take responsibility for their actions.
This of course is what governments do all the time selling weapons to various factions and Cage’s character sees nothing wrong with doing the very same thing. However his brother proves to be the one with a conscience.
Overall the film strikes the right balance of making a thoroughly entertaining film whilst not shying away from showing the horrors of war and the men behind those wars.
I highly recommend this action, crime drama. After all Cage is at his brilliant best making this is a must see movie.
If you enjoyed my Lord of War blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Raising Arizona (1987)
- Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
- Stolen (2012)
- Dog Eat Dog (2016)
- The Humanity Bureau (2017)
- Kill Chain (2019)
Conclusion: Lord of War Blu-ray Review
As the film is from 2005 there’s nothing to worry about on either picture or audio quality so I’ll move on to the extras.
There’s a rather good selection of extra features including a “Making of Lord of War” and a documentary into the real world arms dealers. The latter is really only if you want to know more about the real dealers and how they operate. It’s interesting enough but not essential viewing.
The interviews however are well worth a look. Overall it’s an excellent set of extras.
- Director Commentary
- The Making of Lord of War (20 mins)
- Making A Killing: Inside The International Arms Trade (15 mins)
- Nicolas Cage Interview (8 mins)
- Cast & Crew Interviews (15 mins)
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
On to my movie rating for Lord of War (2005)
- Movie Rating: MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
Lord of War (2005) is available now on blu-ray.
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Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Lord of War (2005) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Lord of War (2005)
Duration: 121 mins
Director(s): Andrew Niccol
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm, Eamonn Walker, Sammi Rotibi, Eugene Lazarev
Genre: Crime, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Cage is at his brilliant best and his performance oozes style.