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Three Kings [DVD] [Collector's Edition]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • David O. Russell's multifaceted war film is an exhilarating display of cinematic bravado. As the Gulf War winds to a close, three American soldiers discover a map that leads to a stash of gold bullion hidden in a bunker by Sadaam Hussein's army. The soldiers--Sgt. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg), "Chief" Elgin (Ice Cube), and Pvt. Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze)--are busted by Special Forces Sgt. Major Archie Gates (George Clooney). Gates orders a top-secret mission in which the four of them will track down the gold and keep it for themselves. Their journey seems simple enough, as Hussein's troops ignore the Americans due to the recently called truce. But after securing the gold, they witness the execution of an Iraqi woman in front of her family. Their morality compels them to fight for what is right, risking their lives--and the gold--in the process. Working within the limitations of the war genre, Russell manages to reinvent and revitalize it by shooting the film with a bleached out look and hyper-kinetic editing style. He also stuffs it with a potent blend of comedy and drama that is reminiscent of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H, only he updates it for the materialistic 1990s.
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  • Credits
    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Marky Mark
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[THREE KINGS is] impudently comic, stylistically aggressive....Clooney, Cube and, particularly, Wahlberg deliver rugged and well-considered turns..."
    Variety

    Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...An acutely funny and astutely provocative [satire]..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...An acutely funny and provocative surprise....[Clooney] gives his finest performance to date..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Zeal and inventiveness....It's impossible not to be impressed..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Premiere

    "...Fresh, funny dialogue....With a grab-bag of visual tricks..."
    Box Office

    "...KINGS is more interested in guts than glory, in all its meanings....Russell nails the absurdity angle..."
    USA Today

    "...Especially effective is Clooney who perfectly conveys the combination of capability, authority and a touch of larceny the film insists on..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...It has the freedom and recklessness of Oliver Stone or Robert Altman in their mad-dog days....THREE KINGS is awake and hyper..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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