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A confident hybrid of M*A*S*H, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Dr. Strangelove, Three Kings is one of the most seriously funny war movies ever made. Improving the premise of Kelly's Heroes with scathing intelligence, it explores the odd connection between war and consumerism in the age of Humvees and cellular phones. Writer-director David O. Russell's third film (after Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with Disaster), it's a no-holds-barred portrait of personal conscience in the volatile arena of politics, played out by one of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge in the 1990s.
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malkovich) play a quartet of U.S. soldiers who, disillusioned by Operation Desert Storm, decide to steal $23 million in gold hijacked from Kuwait by Saddam Hussein's army. Getting the bullion out of an Iraqi stronghold is easy; keeping it is a potentially lethal proposition. By the end of their mercenary mission, the Americans can no longer ignore wartime atrocities (and neither can we--the film is boldly unflinching), and conscience demands their aid to Iraqi rebels abandoned by President George Bush's fickle wartime policy. This is serious stuff indeed, but Russell infuses Three Kings with a keen sense of the absurd, and the entire film is an exercise in breathtaking visual ingenuity. Despite a conventional ending that's mildly disappointing for such a brashly original film, Three Kings conveys the brutal madness of war while making you laugh out loud at the insanity. --Jeff Shannon
The movie 3 Kings is not really bad film it is just overly predictable. The idea of literally finding a ton of gold sounds like a great idea but how would you realistically... Read morePublished 2 days ago by kelly Groce
I don't know how many times I have watched this movie, but it still fun to watch. George Clooney had to fight to get the role, but it fit him to a tee. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Steven J. Asaro
I first saw this film in the theater in 1999. The film is set at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991. Read morePublished 26 days ago by J. Silberman
At the time, I partially enjoyed it. I have not watched this in years or at least not since the year I bought it. Not worth it and Clooney's acting isn't the best.Published 1 month ago by Camelot
Movie gets slightly predictable towards the end. You will never see this much milk in a movie again. George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg together in one film.Published 2 months ago by Desert Vipers 480
Its just George clowney playin George Clooney in soldiers BDUsPublished 3 months ago by david sheppard
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|Worth pre-ordering with the current cost of $17.49?||
Umm...as of right now (May 2013) the DVD costs $5.26. Heck yeah, it's worth it. Maybe buy two, one for a friend.
May 22, 2013 by Allen Smalling | See all 2 posts