Opium War (2008)





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Two downed U.S. military men cross paths with a narcotic-producing Afghani family in Opium War, director Siddiq Barmak's follow-up to his acclaimed Osama. Caucasian officer Don Johnson (Peter Bussian) and his African American subordinate, Joe (Joe Suba) get far more than they bargained for when their helicopter inadvertently lands on Afghani soil during the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Don is thuggish but intelligent, while Joe - who hails from Harlem - has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of opiates. It is with great irony, then, that the men crash land in a poppy field, and happen upon the said clan, living beneath a Russian tank and sustaining itself via the production of opium. Joe and Don spend the majority of their time quarreling, but their banter is light compared to the incessant and ugly conflicts among the family, whose eccentric members (including a one-legged patriarch) are truly something to behold - and will give both men an experience they will never forget. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Opium War

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As in Osama, the Afghan writer-helmer again uses a non-pro cast, but the result is stifled by poorly written English dialogue and a failure to reconcile apparent realism with occasional detours into absurdist tragicomedy.

Full Review… | December 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Opium War

I saw this on opening day of Seattle International Film Festival. What a disappointment! This may be the worst movie I've ever seen. There is no plot, no message, and no value as entertainment. The characters are these shallow, brutish people whose motives and actions are impossible to understand due to the crude dialog used in the script: lots of insults and vulgarity are expressed for no apparent reason. This movie insults the intelligence of anyone who happens to be stuck watching it.

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly

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