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(2005), R [R*] (1hr 55min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Ascendant Pictures, Endgame Entertainment, Entertainment Manufacturing Company, Reeleyes Film (SA Production Facilitator), Rising Star, Saturn Films, VIP 3 Medienfonds
Distribution (US): Lions Gate Films Inc.
Director(s): Andrew Niccol
Written by: Andrew Niccol
Cinematography/Camera: Amir M. Mokri
Music: Antonio Pinto, Nathan Whitehead
Film Editing: Zach Staenberg
Casting: Mindy Marin
Production Design: Jean-Vincent Puzos
Art Direction: Mike Berg
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Brooklyn Brighton Beach Ukrainian immigrant Yuri Orlov (Nicholas Cage) is not happy with life in America. It is not good enough for him. He wants more. And he is going to get it. Even if it is illegal and deadly. Such as selling guns world-wide to whomever will buy them, irrespective of who the buyers are or who they are trying to kill ... doesn't matter.
And if Yuri's decisions for his own life were not bad enough, he dragged his younger brother, Vitali (Jared Leto) into the "business" with him. That is, until one shipment was paid for in cocaine and Vitali became an addict.
Fortunately, other than saying "a hard day at the office", Yuri never discussed "business" with his wife, beauty queen to super model Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan) who has been his idol since he was 10 years old. Trickery and deception were the tools Yuri used to get Ava to notice him ... and it worked. It even gave the pair a son.
This story is supposed to have been built with the information researched of five real-life weapons dealers and reenactments of actual events. Maybe one of the reenactments was the intro footage of following the journey of a bullet from its own perspective from raw materials in manufacture, shipment, being dropped, placed in a gun, following it down the barrel of a gun and ultimately into an adolescent's forehead. That might be taken as a slam on the truth that guns don't kill people, people kill people.
Again a film director attempts to portray the criminal as the hero. Indeed, Interpol agent Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke) who would have Yuri in jail was obviously the chief bad guy. Even Yuri's mentor in crime, Simeon Weisz (Ian Holm), who became Yuri's "business" enemy was portrayed with a couple coat of "nice-guy." Even the buyers, including Liberian leader Andre Baptiste, Sr. and his blood-lust son, Andre Baptiste Jr. (Sammi Rotibi) were given a polish job as rightfully trying to simply defend his people. One of the truly value skewing elements of this film was the execution of adolescent children and Yuri stating to Vitali who, together with Yuri might have stopped the execution, that it was not their war.
Yuri remains unrepentant and unpunished throughout the film. [Hab. 2:9, Eccl. 8:11] Even the threat of losing his family did not stop Yuri for more than a few months.
This film, even more so than many other R-rated films, is rife with violence, foul language, sexual immorality, illegal drug activity and murder. With a final score of 10 out of 100, this film competes for the dregs of the barrel of filth and moral poison. Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section speak for the content.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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