Three Kings

1999

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / History / War

140
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 147134

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Cast

Mark Wahlberg as Troy Barlow
George Clooney as Archie Gates
Judy Greer as Cathy Daitch
Alia Shawkat as Amir's Daughter
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gottdeskinos 4 / 10

Tonally very misleading

Despite looking very realistic in the way Three Kings was shot, it is built on a stupid, unrealistic premise. During a ceasefire four American soldiers try to steal gold from Saddam's troops for their own profit. I went in this movie thinking it was as a dark comedy in a war setting and I could suspend my disbelief for some laughs.

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Indeed, it starts off as a slightly comedic action movie a la Bad Boys: US Soldiers pull a secret map out of a prisoner's bottom, they crack jokes, drive around in a HUMVEE listening to Beach Boys, shooting at footballs. A female reporter bangs a major to get a good story. But then there are brutal scenes like a mother getting shot in the head in front of her daughter. And a rather dramatic scene where the meaning and cruelties of war are debated, while a soldier is getting tortured. Not a comedy after all?

You could say that Full Metal Jacket also started off with a partially humorous first half before turning darker in tone. Whereas Full Metal Jacket competently tells a story about characters, we are left here with four cardboard main characters that have stupid arcs. At first they went in because... who would say no to a lot of gold? And in the end they completely forget that they ever were employed by the army and they want to do what is right (so that the film can claim having a bit of heart).

The weirdest thing is, that it has still quite some entertaining parts. They go rogue, march into freed villages, yell at people who don't speak English, while a soundtrack of jazz drumming is playing in the background and creating an atmosphere of chaos. But you never quite get rid of the feeling of "What's going on?" You will think: I just laughed a couple of minutes ago about them faking the arrival of Saddam Hussein's limo and now I'm watching a soldier's lung collapsing?

The editing and usage of soundtrack was actually the most outstanding about the film.

Reviewed by Alan Smithee Esq. 7 / 10

Peep This Reviews

Best serious yet comical movie about war I've seen. It's not slapstick silly funny nor is it an extremely serious graphic depiction of war. It's one of a kind leaning more towards a realistic movie but plenty of humor for levity. Excellent cast (even Ice Cube) with an excellent script and director. Side note: Spike Jonze known mainly as a director and producer ("Her" the "Jackass" franchise) of a couple of great films and dozens of the most inventive music videos ever steals every scene he's in with his comedic acting chops. Skilled behind and in front of the camera.

Reviewed by namashi_1 10 / 10

Guns & Gold!

Written and Directed by David O. Russell, 'Three Kings' is Pure Cinematic Joy. An overlooked gem, this Satirical Black-Comedy War Film, ranks among The FINEST Films Based on Modern War. Its Violent, Frantic & Absolutely Hilarious!

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

'Three Kings' works because the Screenplay is Solid. David O. Russell is in top-from here, who's seen at his best long before he got all the Oscar-Attention & those blockbusters. This is early David O. Russell & its pretty remarkable. His Screenplay moves from brutality to humor, and the transitions are so well-done, it never seems like they've been weaved in for the heck of it. The characters work, the action blasts up the screen & the graphic detailing of war & how a body is internally harmed, is sure to make your squirm. But, the laughs are gonna be a aplenty & quite frankly, the most memorable as well. O. Russell's Direction is superb, as well. Undoubtedly, 'Three Kings' is among his best works to date.

Newton Thomas Sigel's Cinematography captures the madness, proficiently. Robert K. Lambert's Editing is sharp. Carter Burwell's Score adds enormously to the narrative. Art & Costume Design are perfect.

Performance-Wise: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze carry this heavyweight film on their firm shoulders. Clooney stuns with his superlative portrayal Major Archie Gates, who is disillusioned with the war. Wahlberg is terrific Sergeant First Class Troy Barlow, an officer who's got a wife & daughter waiting at home, who must save his ass if he wants to see them again. Cube is a bad-ass as Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin, an airline baggage handler who believes he is protected by a ring of "Jesus-fire". And Jonze, much before picking up an Oscar for his talent for Screenplays, delivers an entertaining, affecting performance as Private First Class Conrad Vig, a jobless, semi-literate soldier from a group home who idolizes Troy a bit too much. Its the camaraderie of the four supreme leading-men, that makes 'Three Kings' an even more delight experience. And a special mention for Cliff Curtis, who's remarkable as Amir Abdullah, an Iraqi rebel who stumbles upon the American war heroes & ends up with them.

On the whole, 'Three Kings' is, quite simply, a big winner. Two Big Thumbs Up!

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