Talk About a Depressing Movie...

I watched Lord of War yesterday and came away from its two hours thoroughly depressed. The movie’s entirety can be summed up in the following quote from Cage’s character Yuri Orlov:

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

Update: Reading through IMDB’s trivia on Lord of War I finally get it. This movie has the same feel to it that The Terminal and The Truman Show have, it feels real - there isn’t a fluffed up Hollywood story to make it feel good, it’s more about what is. Andrew Niccol, the writer of Lord of War, is responsible in some part for both of those movies.

Other interesting trivia:

  • They used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns.
  • Before shooting the scene where tanks were lined up for sale, the filmmaker had to warn NATO, lest they think a real war was being started when they see satellite images of the set.
  • My personal favorite: No US studios would back the film. Foreign finances were secured instead.