Sunday, September 25, 2005

'Lord of War' is a good movie with a message


'Lord of War' scene
Originally uploaded by Brite Lights photos.
LIBERIA, Africa - I didn't travel to Liberia to write this story (the dateline is a little misleading), but the movie has plenty of scenes from there and elsewhere in Africa, scenes that will make you wonder about guns, armies, and what role the U.S. plays in, well, guns and armies in other countries.

I am definitely not a fan of Nicolas Cage, but in this film he pulls off a very difficult acting job with a real aplomb.

Without putting too fine a point on it, don't read any reviews of this movie, just go and be surprised because it is not the movie I thought I was going to see - it was 10 times better.

It's not in the same class as Million Dollar Baby, but worth shelling out the money to see it on the big screen.

The foray to see Lord of War was the first time I had been in a Sacramento movie theater in some time. And I had sticker shock: $19 for the two of us for a 5 p.m. viewing

Nineteen dollars! And there was no shortage of people trying to crowd into the multiplex where we went.

I guess Nicolas Cage has to eat, too.

But $19? Jaysus.

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