One man demonstrates how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their deadly trade in this dark comedy drama. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Huge caches of Soviet weapons became available at bargain prices (and even for free if one wasn't above stealing), and as literally billions of dollars' worth of Soviet military technology disappeared, it began finding its way into the hands of weapons dealers eager to sell it to the highest bidder. Orlov was one such dealer who found plenty of buyers for guns and military gear in unstable Third World nations, who paid cash and didn't appreciate too many questions. Orlov's exploits in the arms business quickly made him a very rich man, but they've also led to some unwanted attention from Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke), an Interpol agent who is convinced Orlov isn't playing by the rules. Inspired by a true story, Lord of War also features Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and Donald Sutherland.~Mark Deming
While Lord of War is an intelligent examination of the gun trade, it is too scattershot in its plotting to connect. The 20-year arms dealing career of Queens, N.Y., outcast Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) serves as a window onto the end of the Cold War and the emergence of worldwide terrorism. He finds himself reassuring his more ethically challenged younger brother, Vitaly (Jared Leto), while adeptly sidestepping the pursuit of federal agent Jack Lawrence (Ethan Hawke). The globetrotting arms dealer also pursues the woman of his dreams, supermodel Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan).
There are many factual representations in this movie that I cannot give away without spoiling the movie, but it's one that holds those same truths without many people knowing they actually exist. Gun smuggling / reselling is real. Little is known about that side of the world, but this movie tells that untold story. While it may be a bit over-the-top, because it had to be made for Hollywood, the underlying aspects are real. You'll be intrigued you knew so little about how gun gets circulated and you'll also realize it's pretty dangerous too.
This is a great film so I won't go to in detail on that. The Atmos track is solid, nice surround effects, no complaints there. The picture quality is only held back at times by the source material and the age of the film. A very good film and a very good 4K Blu-ray. Recommended.