The Notorious Mr. Bout (2015)



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This documentary follows Viktor Bout, a Russian entrepeneur, a war profiteer, an aviation magnate, an arms smuggler and, strangest of all, an amateur filmmaker. Until three days prior to his 2008 arrest on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, Bout kept the camera running, documenting a life spent in the grey areas of international law. Dubbed 'The Merchant of Death' and portrayed by Nicolas Cage in Hollywood's Lord of War, Viktor Bout can justifiably be called the world's most famous arms dealer. With unprecedented access to Bout's home movies and DEA surveillance material gathered during the sting operation to bring him down, this film is a portrait of a life much mythologised but little understood.

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Impressive: a disturbing and darkly funny portrait of a complex, frightening individual.

Aug 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A somewhat grotesquely comic, very entertaining portrait of a man known to many as 'the Merchant of Death.'

Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…
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The Notorious Mr. Bout becomes more 60 Minutes exposé than cinematic must-see.

Feb 20, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A fascinating insight into the corruption of free-market capitalism, and what happens when anything goes and borders become irrelevant.

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gerber and Pozdorovkin introduce a garrulous, intelligent man who had transported arms for years and was eventually undone by a post-9/11 crackdown.

Aug 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the documentary makes clear, those accusing him of misdeeds don't exactly have clean hands themselves.

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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