Three stars team up for this unusual look at America's role in the war against Iraq. In 1991, as the Gulf War winds to a close, three American servicemen find themselves happy to have achieved victory but wondering about the ultimate importance of what they've done (especially since Saddam Hussein is still in power). Major Archie Gates (George Clooney) is a decorated Vietnam veteran and special forces officer with two weeks to go before he retires; Sgt. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) has a new baby at home; and Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) is probably just going to end up back in Detroit. So when one of them comes across a map that seems to point out where Saddam's forces have stashed a large cache of gold they stole from Kuwait, they decide to follow the trail and take some of the war booty for themselves. However, the deeper they journey into Iraq, the more they see of the consequences of America's policies in the Middle East. Although President George Bush and the American military urged Iraqi citizens to rise up against Saddam Hussein, and pledged their support to a people's movement against the leader, Iraqis found that when they took to the streets against Saddam, the United States did not back them up, and the loss of Iraqi lives was fearsome. When Gates, Barlow and Elgin become aware of what's happening, they're torn between their desire to grab the fortune they came for and the demands of their conscience to help the people they came to liberate. Three Kings was directed by David O. Russell and marked a significant change of direction after his dark-humored relationship comedies, Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with Disaster.~Mark Deming
Filmmaker Commentaries and Creative Personel Interviews
Director's Video Journal
An Intimate Look Inside The Acting Process With Ice Cube
David O. Russell
David O. Russell
George ClooneyMajor Archie Gates
Mark WahlbergSergeant Troy Barlow
Ice CubeChief Elgin
Spike JonzeConrad Vig
Nora DunnAdriana Cruz
Jamie KennedyWalter Wogaman
Mykelti WilliamsonColonel Horn
Cliff CurtisAmir Abdulah
Judy GreerCathy Daitch
Liz StauberDebbie Barlow
Holt McCallanyCaptain Van Meter
Pete Antico[uncredited] Oasis Bunker Guard
Peter MacdissiOasis Bunker Iraqi Republic Guard Lieutenant
Firstly, I would like to say that this was delivered via USPS and the case arrived cracked and scratched up. Luckily the disc wasn’t damaged but I am very displeased nonetheless.
This must be a HD rerelease of the original DVD transfer because it suffered quit a bit in terms of visuals. Now this is a blu-ray not a 4K Blu-ray but watching this in 2021, I can say it definitely could have had more attention paid to it before it got released. This isn’t a hugely popular film, so although it was not the best transfer, this is probably the best it’s gonna get. Note that while it could’ve been better, it is far from unwatchable.
In terms of the film and story itself, this is not based on any truth, but it definitely fun and a good film to watch contemplating the worth of war and the repercussions of it, all wrapped up in a sort-of-heist/redemption arc.
Three Kings is a great 'modern' war film and a great representation of the talent of its director - David O. Russell. I previously owned this film on DVD and this blu-ray represents a solid upgrade in both a video and audio capacity. While there are no new bonus features, it does contain all of the extras that were on the old dvd release. Would recommend the upgrade.
Pretty good take on the Gulf War. Movie was filmed in a weird way which makes the parts of the movie play in slow motion but audio is regular speed. That threw me of at first. Also color filter is a bit strange.