Based on actual events this black comedy-drama stars Nicholas Cage as international arms smuggler Uri Orlov. The story follows Uri from his humble beginnings as a Soviet immigrant in 1970s Brooklyn and peaks with his involvement in selling off the stockpiled arsenal of post-Cold War Ukraine to among other top clients the sadistic African dictator Andre Baptiste Sr. (Eamonn Walker). Jared Leto co-stars as Uris little brother Vitaly whose conscience and a burgeoning cocaine problem get in the way of business. Ethan Hawke is good as a sanctimonious Interpol agent with a vendetta against Uri but the films biggest dose of onscreen gravitas comes from Walker whose Baptiste seethes with a heavy serpent-like malevolence. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol the film makes fine use of the brisk stream-of-consciousness narration style that Martin Scorcese brought to the true crime genre with Goodfellas (1992) and a near constant flow of action and classic rock songs that ensure a speedy riveting ride through three decades of global carnage. Cage who coproduced lets his patented oddball magnetism slowly change polarity until viewers realise theyve been led into a moral quagmire by falling for his self-delusory spiels about supply and demand making this one of the bravest and most jet-black comedies of its decade.
Release Date: 27 October 2008
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 117 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
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