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Lord of War (2005)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Andrew Niccol Rating:5.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on June 10th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Even though Andrew has a very monotone voice and is quite low level. He does supply us with more than enough information on the real life gun runners, the films production and many many more tales from behind the scenes.
One thing i didnt know was that this film was a low budget affair and an independent project. Andrew shares many of the difficulties that this created.
We also learn a lot of the back story for the film and more about the characters which makes the film all the better on a re-watch
Reviewed by mikl on June 28th, 2006:Find all reviews by mikl
This commentary is somewhat dry but still quite informative. He talks a lot about the constraints they had to cope with because of the low budget, where the different locations are (not all that interesting in the long run) and information on the real life gun runners. Although interesting, it wasn't capable of keeping me caught up for the entire 2 hours (probably mostly because of his monotone voice). Missed some more insight in to the characters and story line I think.
Reviewed by Agressor on May 12th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
Like stated Niccol has a very monotone and boring voice, something that I am not able to overcome during this 2 hour long commentary. It should not be because of lack of passion for the project seeing that he both wrote and directed it, I guess that's just his natural voice.

To bad, because the commentary could've been engaging, it has all the classic ingredients for a solid outing: monetary constraints, an engaging subject that he wrote the story to himself and Nicholas Cage. We get plenty of good stuff (the highlights for me including him pointing out scenes that are based on "actual precedents" as he calls them, lines that were improvised by the actors and decisions made by necessity because of budget limitations, like the fact that he bought 3000 real guns because it was cheaper then bying replicas) but I just can't get invested in what he's telling us and my mind wanders periodically.

Maybe the commentary could've been saved if he wasn't alone on the track, if he invited a co-talker to brake up his monotonous drone it could've been easier to take in and then this would'nt have been such a missed opportunity. Now, it's an interesting but frustratingly difficult listen.