With the exception of 'Magnolia'and 'The Green Mile', I don't believe thatthere was a movie as great as 'Three Kings' last year. It was a brilliantlook at the Gulf War and stretched beyond the boundaries of all war moviesbefore it. David O. Russell did an excellent job writing and directing thismovie and George Clooney gave one of the best performances of the year.Mark Wahlberg proved that his work can go beyond that of Dirk Diggler.Spike Jonze was hilarious as Wahlberg's lacky. Watching the movie is amemorable experience. It's way out there with it's comedic sense oftiming,awesome action sequences, and morals to match. It dealt with the politicalissues of the Gulf War which was seen as a pretty harmless war from anAmerican's standpoint. Russell showed us the plight of the freedom fightersin Iraq and told a very serious story, but did it with a sense of humorthatwas neither tasteless nor melodramatic. Russell kept an even tonethroughout the entire movie and perfectly blended the action,blackcomedy,and war genres into what was one of the year's best. Anentertainingmovie that never ceases to amaze me. I still am trying to figure out whyitdidn't get nominated for any Oscars. I hope that one day people will seethis move for what it is...a masterpiece.
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In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
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A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives.
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Reviewed byP.T. McConvilleVote: /10
It's hard to really adequately describe this movie. Let me try.
For starters, in spite of the advertisements, it's not merely a remake of "Kelly's Heroes". Yes, we are in a postwar situation, where a bunch of Americans are trying to "recover" gold stolen by the enemy, but that's the end of the similarities.
"Three Kings" does an excellent job of showing just how gonzo modern warfare has become. You've got unemployed reservists going to the Middle East for kicks fighting Saddam, who uses gas attacks, electric shock torture and other atrocities to fight the rebels. Thrown in the mix are a U.S.-educated Iraqi whose businesses were destroyed by the Americans, a bunch of rebels and refugees living in bunkers, a CNN-type correspondent facing the threat of younger reporters, and Mark Wahlberg's character finding a cell phone in the Iraqi bunker and using it to call his wife in the U.S.
The movie is extremely funny at times, graphically violent at times, but always on target. It provides a lot of insight into how non-Americans view the U.S. I cannot think of another major movie which showed people in a third-world country as modern people without patronizing. Even the soldiers shooting at our heros, gassing the refugees, and torturing Mark Wahlberg's character are shown as human beings.
Somehow this movie got lost last year amongst all the hype for "American Beauty". "Three Kings" looks to have much more staying power. George Clooney continues to shine in yet another under-appreciated performance. For somebody with a Hollywood legacy, he really seems to have pushed some of the wrong buttons in Hollywood. I cannot think of any other explanation for why he has yet to achieve the acclaim his performances deserve.
In the aftermath of Desert Storm a group of soldiers find a secret mapshowing a bunker containing Kuwaiti gold. When they begin to go for thegold they find little resistance from an Iraqi army more concerned withkilling civilians than protecting gold. The uprising had started when theUS army had encouraged civilians to rebel but now will not supportthem.
When I first saw the trailer for this I knew nothing about it from the wayit was marketed I had assumed it was going to be a modern day `Kelly'sHeroes' with bright comedy and good action scenes. On first viewing I wasdisappointed but interested. On second viewing I now see what this film wasabout and how badly marketed it had been. The plot is no comedy but isreally an extreme anti-war film that condemns America's approach to the GulfWar.
When our characters go after the goal they go in a gung-ho manner, seekingonly riches and not interested in the plight of the people. This is howAmerica went in not to protect the people but because of the impact theinvasion was having on oil prices and reserves. The anti-war message isalso hammered home in the gross close-up shots of how a bullet damages abody.
It's only in the final half hour that the film goes a little wrong lookingfor an ending that isn't depressing in a subject that really can't have a`happy' ending and please American audiences. It has other weaknesses some of the scenes are off subject , meaningless or just don't work. However for the majority this is a surprisingly good film that makes pointsthat aren't seen in Hollywood films (and if this whole flag waving thingcontinues much longer, we won't see a counter opinion for quite awhile).
The cast are good and deserve praise for choosing this film. Clooney andWahlberg both add a large box office draw while for Jonze this made up agreat summer of exposure. Ice Cube again shows that not all rappers have todo rubbish hip hop comedies to get into movies.
Overall this was betrayed by it's own marketing department and many peoplemay not have liked it for that reason. However this is an intelligentanti-war film that has flaws but should be given respect for it's honestyand bravery.