The original plan was to write mini-reviews of four movies that I watched over the last one month. However, owing to an overall3 Kings lethargy not helped by the gloomy weather (which just continues to bug the crap out of me), I am restricting myself to one. I’ve always admired film critics and the considerable influence they have on the common man when he decides to watch a movie or not. But I digress…

The movie in question is Three Kings which stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze as four soldiers in the US army who, after the war is completed, decide to go in search of Kuwaiti gold stolen by Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War, after laying their hands on a map obtained from the rear-end of an Iraqi soldier (which evoked the memorable line from Spike Jonze: ‘I did not join the army to pull paper out of people’s sirree’). In hot pursuit is a veteran TV reporter (and 5-time Emmy runner-up) played by Nora Dunn, who is after her breakthrough story.

Complicated? Not really – what follows is an entertaining and thought-provoking journey through Middle-Eastern desert laid to waste by Bush’s (the senior) bombs. The four protagonists do some serious soul-searching after experiencing the poverty, desperation and the utter contempt for American hypocrisy largely prevalent in rural Iraq. Mark Wahlberg’s character in particular, during an extremely well taken torture sequence, realizes the futility of the war being waged. But the movie is not all about the gloom, in fact there are numerous funny anecdotes which make the film one of my all-time favourite war flicks. The climax, (which can be argued as portraying Americans as angels out to save the world) does a good job of portraying the kind of influence a war can have on normal people and how extreme situations can alter the very psyche of a man.

The supremely talented cast, combined with great cinematography and a soundtrack oozing with attitude (ok I’m a sucker for Arab music), all make for a very enjoyable and highly recommended film.

For the curious, the other three films I watched were Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (strictly for Family Guy fans), King Kong (timepass) and Thanmathra (Mohanlal is God)…

2 Responses to “Showtime!”

  1. Sherene Says:

    Sounds like an interesting movie with an eclectic range of topics. The title didn’t seem too inspiring, though.

  2. Vijay Says:

    Sherene, never judge a book by it’s cover! 😉

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