David O. Russell√√,¬Ę(TM)s √√,¬ĘThree Kings√√,¬Ę√,? has been getting some great reviews. On the popular film site Rotten Tomatoes.com, 94% of critics have given it a positive review. Film critic Roger Ebert has given it four stars and placed it in the #3 position on his best of 1999 list. I don√√,¬Ę(TM)t think it√√,¬Ę(TM)s quite a masterpiece and I certainly didn√√,¬Ę(TM)t enjoy it as much as Steven Speilberg√√,¬Ę(TM)s WWII epic √√,¬ĘSaving Private Ryan√√,¬Ę√,? from 1998. Still, it√√,¬Ę(TM)s an entertaining war film. The year is March 1991 and the Gulf War has just ended. The movie focuses on four soldiers: Archie Gates (George Clooney), who we see having sex with a young reporter when we√√,¬Ę(TM)re introduced to him; Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), who has just recently become a father; the religious Chief Elgin (rapper Ice Cube); and the dim-witted Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze, the director of √√,¬ĘBeing John Malkovich√√,¬Ę√,?). Early on in the movie, Troy and Conrad discover a map stuffed up an Arabic√√,¬Ę(TM)s bottom. With closer investigation, they see that it√√,¬Ę(TM)s a map showing all the bunkers that contain gold that was stolen by Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. Archie then comes up with the plan to visit all the bunkers so they can steal back the gold and give it back to Kuwait. Along the way, they decide to help a group of Arabics cross the Iranian border, including a man named Amir (Cliff Curtis). Meanwhile, Troy gets kidnapped by Saddam Hussein√√,¬Ę(TM)s men and is tortured by Captain Said (Said Taghmaoui). In one of the most interesting scenes in the movie, we see how Captain Said is a bad person. But dimensions are added to him as he explains to Barlow how he√√,¬Ę(TM)s only working for Saddam because the Americans bombed his child and he wants to earn some extra money to get a better home for his family.There are also some nice touches of humor throughout √√,¬ĘThree Kings√√,¬Ę√,?, the majority of it provided by Conrad Vig. I was amused by this exchange:ARCHIE: I√√,¬Ę(TM)m talking about millions in Kuwaiti bullion.CONRAD: You mean them little cubes you put in hot water to make soup?ARCHIE: No, not the little cubes you put in hot water to make soup. I was also interested by a scene where George Clooney explains to his fellow soldiers what happens when you are hit with a bullet. When we see the bullet inside the body, we see a puddle of bile spills out of the wound.I admired √√,¬ĘThree Kings√√,¬Ę√,?. The plot moves well and is interesting, the performances are solid, and the main characters are fairly likable and identifiable. It didn√√,¬Ę(TM)t have quite the same impact on me as other war movies have had on me (Like √√,¬ĘSaving Private Ryan√√,¬Ę√,?), but it√√,¬Ę(TM)s an honorable entry in the war movie genre. I apologize for the weird typing symbols. I copied and pasted this review from a Word Document that I typed.