In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn"t what he appears to be.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn
This film charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 0980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighbourhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 00s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. The film also charts his relationship through the years with his younger brother, his marriage to a famous model, his relentless pursuit by a determined federal agent and his inner demons that sway between his drive for success and the immorality of what he does. Written by
In the opening scene of the bullet being manufactured and then traveling along the conveyor and into its box. Just before the box is sealed, the box in front of it has: Odessa, Ukraine, stamped on it. Subsequently, this is where Yuri"s family came from before settling in America. See more »
During one of Yuri's narrations, he says that the AK-47 assault rifle is made of "forged steel and plywood." While some versions of the AK-47 do have laminated wood stocks and handguards, it is incorrect to refer to that material as "plywood." See more »
Yuri Orlov : "beware of the dog"? You don"t have a dog. Are you trying to scare people? Vitaly Orlov : No, it"s to scare me - remind me to beware the dog in me. The dog who wants to fuck everything that moves, wants to fight and kill weaker dogs. See more »
I was really surprised that Hollywood was able to tackle a huge moral morass like the black market arms trade and leave the moral issues in the audience"s lap. Yuri (played by Nicholas Cage) goes to work in a particularly ugly world. When he says that he"s had a bad day at the office, you can be pretty sure that someone has been shot or blown up. At any event, what I liked about this picture was that although Yuri obviously has some moral issues to wrestle with, he does so on his own terms, and we are left to figure out the rights and the wrongs. Since most movie-goers don"t like to leave a movie with food for thought, this picture may not play very broadly in theaters, but I hope it gets a good audience on video. I also though that Jared Leto was wonderful as Yuri"s tragically addicted and unhappy brother.
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