A typical Vishal Bharadwaj film, loaded with social messages, political situations which are tied with entertainment. He picked up a few same old ideas and mixed them with recent events to give it a new look. The old ghisa-pita concept of boy meets girl, falls in love, family disagrees- got new face when linked with Maharashtrian and north Indian issue.
It really got support of good acting delivered by Priyanka and Shahid. Shahid seemed to be under pressure all throughout the film, maybe its because he got maximum footage and was trying hard to make both his characters differ from each-other. Priyanka got a strong role who thinks for herself and takes her decision, not very common in Indian films.
Climax was full of blood, bullets and boredom. Knowing Vishal’s capabilities, he Could have done a better job. Songs were decent, one cute and fun number, one song dedicated to social cause of contraception, heavy background score. Costumes were good, priyanka really did look a local Maharashtrian girl with her kurtas and cotton suits. Shahid also looked “chapri” with his kind of ragged t shirts and nylon shirts. Cinematography was commendable. Vishal did a good job in creating a mood of film but still something is missing.AS
It is a little late to write a review on a movie which was released in year 2005. Better late than never. Nicholas Cage is famous for his action packed entertaining movies. The Lord of War breaks the stereotype of entertainment and steps into the realms of social cause. The movie has several eye opening issues. The central theme of the movie is who is threat to whom. The five permanent member of United Nations Security Council or the dictators from middle east or the Africa. This movie is a part of a series which is exemplified by Hotel Rwanda, The Last King of Scotland, etc.
Nicholas Cage plays the role of Yuri Orlov, an immigrant who came from hell to hell, an arms dealer. Everybody has a talent said Yuri Orlov. He found talent in selling arms. Yuri takes help of many of his friends and family for setting up his empire, like his brother Vitaly Orlov (Jaret Leto), his uncle Gen. Dmitri Orlov (Yevgeni Lazarev) and his Jewish connections. The role of Yuri’s wife is played by Bridget Moynahan as Ava Fontaine Orlov. He has full support from corrupt government officials and military generals. He is accompanied by his brother Vitaly across the world from Middle East to the Africa. If there is a mouse there have to be a cat. The cat is interpol officer Ethan Hawke, as Jack Valentine, who chases Yuri throughout the world. The story takes a turn when he meets an African dictator, the President of Liberia, André Baptiste Sr.(Eamonn Walker) and his crazy Rambo loving son André Baptiste Jr.(Sammi Rotibi) . One of the few lessons that this fast paced movie gives is never engage. The rule to success is ‘never engage’. Yuri showed no sign of morality in his business. Is there a morality? He just sold the guns.SK