Lord of War, directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Nicholas Cage was first released in 2005. It is rated R for strong violence, drug use, language and sexual content. The film ran for approximately 122 minutes and it has one of the most morally disturbing opening sequences in cinema.
A bullet was emitted from a gun, it makes its way from a factory to a dock, to another dock, to a truck going into a jungle, to a village in nowhere, to the clip of a gun, to the barrel of a gun and finally, to the head of some African kid. The kid may or may not be innocent. The bullet does not exactly care. (Burr, 2006)
The film is about a man (Nicholas Cage) whose occupation is to sell guns illegally to any army. The film had focused on Africa, and displayed the various degrees of graft and corruption of its leaders. One particular leader embodies General Charles Taylor. He is so corrupt in his ways that it does not matter who lives or die in his rule, for as long as he is happy and comfortable and rich.
Young men are taught to handle firearms to use in slavery of others. Nicholas Cage’s character witnessed all the goings-on, he knows the illegality of his business but he keeps on doing it, not exact turning a blind eye. His character is so selfish, he merely cares about his business and the riches it brings, never mind the consequences. Late in the film, he was caught by the Interpol, but hey, he’s friends with the leaders of the most corrupt countries in the world, the most powerful men in the world. It took one phone call and he was legally out of prison.
The movie is so amoral in its theme that it wants the audience to feel something akin to caring and actually act on the situation. Violence to children and innocents are happening in various parts of the world due to greed of some and it may be time to actually raise a finger to help out those in need.
Burr, T. (2006). Provocative ‘War’ skillfully takes aim. Retrieved July 25, 2009, from http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=8078