Lord of War Reviews
Nicolas Cage plays a Ukranian (we are reminded that he is Ukranian every thirty seconds or so by a reference to the traditions or sayings of the old country) man who has immigrated to the U.S. with his family and becomes inspired to sell guns. At first he partners with his brother, played by Jared Leto in a performance where he seems to be trying to up the ante in light of his co-star's traditionally unhinged characters. After falling victim to a drug addiction, Leto is checked into rehab repeatedly and only remains in the picture to serve as a moral but deadbeat foil to Cage's character's success.
There is also an unconvincing love story thrown in just for the joy of getting to see Nicolas Cage have passionate shower sex with a supermodel with a heart of gold whom he somehow convinced to love him over the period of an afternoon. It's hard to imagine how he did this as his method of flirting, we learn later on in a scene with a waitress who is strangely attracted to him, consists of him making reference to showing a woman his "cannon," the oldest trick in the book.
Most of the time I love a Cage performance, riddled by strange acting choices as they are, but this film was so lackluster and the unnecessary expositional voice-over so persistent that I honestly did not make it through the last twenty minutes.