Three Kings

Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

Directed by: David O. Russell

Produced by: Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Productions, Coast Ridge, Atlas Entertainment

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: October 1, 1999
Viewing Location: Chelsea, NYC Grade: A-
Summary: The best film about the Gulf War.
Okay, the Gulf War wasn't like Vietnam, Korea, or WW II. We didn't suffer a lot of casualties, there weren't a lot of battles, and it was all rather one-sided. However, director David O. Russell still manages to put together an outstanding tale from the Gulf War, where some burned-out soldiers discover a story about some hidden gold, and go off to claim it for themselves, and end up in some unofficial altercations with a "surrendered" Iraqi guard. Clooney is fabulous as always, and Mark Wahlberg continues to show that he's got great potential. Ice Cube provides the humor in his typical fashion. Not your typical war movie, but it wasn't your typical war. 

Review by hughjtoad Date seen: January 21, 2000
Viewing Location: Mountain View, CA Grade: B
Summary: Excellent film with tacked-on happy ending
If this film had ended differently, it would have been a perfect metahpor for the way the 'allies' treated kuwait in the war in general. But instead a happy ending that is totally otu of place gets stuck on and cheapens the director's otherwise fine achievement. Beautiful cinematography and a strong, unusual vision by the director make this movie stand out. Until the end, the plot didn't take easy short-cuts and remained believable and interesting.  

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Review by tmon Date seen: December 31, 2000
Viewing Location: NYc Grade: C+
Summary: Less than what I expected.
Didn't say many good things about our troops. One more point for avarice. Since when can soldiers take off and do whatever they feel like? George Clooney was hackneyed and uninteresting. Mark Wahlberg was better but not to his fullest potential. 

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