Saturday, July 2, 2016

Three Kings (1999)

Director: David O. Russell

Writers: John Ridley, David O. Russell

Composer: Carter Burwell

Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Cliff Curtis, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Said Taghmaoui, Mykelti Williamson, Holt McCallany, Judy Greer, Christopher Lohr, Jon Sklaroff, Jim Gaffigan, Doug Jones

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In a war without heroes they are kings

Plot: In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Great flick.  It's been probably fifteen years since I saw it and it's just as good the second time around.  It starts out with lots of humor which slowly turns to drama and stays there until the end of the picture.  The action is great, there are moments of tension and, most of all, there are several moments of emotional weight.  Russell's handling of all of this is masterful.  I especially liked the interrogation scene where you get to see what each person is thinking of while continuing to hear them speak but those thoughts are completely silent.  Brilliant.  I'm a big fan of silence or the lack of sound effects and so on.  As a life long musician, I learned the importance of silence early on and the absence of music is just as important as the notes and sometimes IS music.  I've got the DVD but it's on Netflix streaming.  I'll pick up the Blu-ray someday and give it another go.  Great flick.

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