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Three Kings September 24, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

I’ve never really been a fan of war movies…almost always they are just visual spectacles but don’t go beyond that. But this one completely took me by surprise…this is simply the most engrossing and entertaining movie I’ve seen in recent times. First and foremost this is not a conventional war movie and this is its major strength.

The setting for this movie is the end of the 1991 Gulf War and the Three Kings in this story are George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube who are pretty frustrated about the fact that they haven’t really done anything in the war. They are waiting to get back when they chance upon a map of a bunker where Kuwaiti gold bullion confiscated by Saddam Hussein are stored. Without informing the rest of their company they set out to get this gold hoping for a better life where they dont have to do their boring day jobs. But things don’t go perfectly right in their mission. You have to watch the movie to find out how it all ends.

This movie was quite controversial as it was cynical about the war….the torture chamber scene between Mark Wahlberg and and Iraqi Republican Guard is one of the prominent ones which puts forward this view. What I really love about this movie is the way director David Russell blends humor and emotion perfectly for a serious theme like this…..aided with gritty visuals throughout – I found the scenes very imaginative where they show what a bullet does inside a human body. All the performances are really good….George Clooney is one actor who seems to be doing some really meaningful stuff in the last few years. This is definitely going into my list of all time favorites and I strongly recommend that everyone watch this.



1. Tarun - September 25, 2006

Hi there,

You have a nice blog here. I find it hard to find blogs that review both telugu and english movies, and u guys are doing a good job. I agree with what u say. “Three Kings” was allegedly made to satirize the ongoing iraq conflict and “American Values”.

The gold is a metaphor for “black gold” or oil, and the 3 kings were meant to represent confused soldiers who really didnt feel patriotic going about the war.

Keep the reviews coming!


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