Andrew Niccol’s dry wit is on display to perfection in LORD OF WAR, which he both wrote and directed. It was also on display during our chat on August 26, 2005 where he sported combat boots and a stylish ensemble that wouldn’t be out of place on Rodeo Drive. From a succinct consideration of the media’s caprices to the unexpected issues revolving around the acquisition and use of 50 tanks in the Czech Republic, he was, like his film, smart with a playful infusion of irony.
LORD OF WAR is a black comedy that is also a troubling thriller, abut arms deals and mass murders. Nicolas Cage stars as Yuri, a Russian emigre in New York’s Little Odessa who climbs out of poverty by running guns and worse to and from the world’s flashpoints. Death, debauchery, and a resilient ability to subsume morality in the face of expediency makes for an incisive and provocative tale that is nothing sort of breathtaking, challenging its audience as well as entertaining it. The film co-stars Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, and Ian Holm.