Saturday, December 10, 2016

Now on Netflix: Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings movie poster
Three Kings (1999) – Written and Directed by David O. Russell; Cinematography by Tom Sigel; Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff Curtis, Judy Greer and Liz Strauber.

By Kenny Howell

The first Iraq War is ending, and Saddam Hussein has started massacring his own people. Three American soldiers find out that a big stash of Saddam’s gold is hidden somewhere, and they set out to steal it.

This movie is more known these days it seems for the fights on set between director David O. Russell and George Clooney (Hail, Caesar!). Russell has a habit of royally pissing off his stars with his highly demanding attitude on set, and has butted heads many a time, just google "David O. Russell Lily Tomlin". But he is a very imaginative director, and this is one heck of a movie. Visually stunning and quite funny, it is probably his best, most controlled work. Silver Linings Playbook was quite good, but I think this is a better film. American Hustle was a bit of a mess. Here, he is just about perfect. Also, great supporting performances by Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), Ice Cube (22 Jump Street) and Spike Jonze.

Three Kings is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***1/2

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