Lord of War

Diamonds for AK-47sYesterday, I watched Lord of War again. It’s about a Russian guy named Yuri (Nicolas Cage), living in the USA, who gets tired of doing nothing with his life. Instead of spending the rest of his life in his parent’s restaurant, he decides to become an arms dealer.

The movie starts with a scene showing the production cycle of a 5.56mm bullet. Beginning all the way from a thin metal foil, through gun powder filling, QA and shipment, finally finding its resting place in the frontal lobe of a young African child soldier. One of the first things said in the movie is:

There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?

The name comes from something Yuri’s biggest client says.

Andre Baptiste Sr.: They say that I am the lord of war, but perhaps it is you.
Yuri Orlov: I believe it’s “warlord.”
Andre Baptiste Sr.: Thank you, but I prefer it my way.

As you might have already guessed, this isn’t exactly a happy Sunday morning movie. It’s a “well-made political drama with an excellent story and a powerful performance by Nicolas Cage”. It’s a story about the good things in life, capitalism at its best and marvelous childhood games.

They say, “Evil prevails when good men fail to act.” What they ought to say is, “Evil prevails.”

Though hardly on the lite side, the movie does have the occasional joke.

Back then, I didn’t sell to Osama Bin Laden. Not because of moral reasons, but because he was always bouncing checks.

If you haven’t already, you should watch this movie. I really liked it. Not to be political or anything, it’s just sad funny to see how good of a job we’re doing killing ourselves and everybody else.

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