History Film / LordOfWar

11th Mar '17 1:54:46 PM Caswin
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** With how Yuri handles the end of the Cold War, he comments in the narration that the "Old Guard" thought he was giving arms dealers a bad name.
6th Mar '17 4:21:30 PM theLibrarian
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* InfantImmortality: Averted.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. ChildSoldiers are gunned down multiple times during the movie.
6th Mar '17 4:14:01 PM theLibrarian
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** The movie opens with a montage of a bullet traveling from the factory where it was made to an African warzone... and then right into the forehead of a young boy.

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** The movie opens with a montage of a bullet traveling from the factory where it was made to an African warzone... and then right into the forehead of a [[ChildSoldier young boy.boy]].
15th Dec '16 6:56:14 PM TheWanderer
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* BoomHeadshot: At the beginning of the movie.

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* BoomHeadshot: At BoomHeadshot:
** The movie opens with a montage of a bullet traveling from
the beginning of factory where it was made to an African warzone... and then right into the movie.forehead of a young boy.
** Simeons dies in this manner. When Yuri hallucinates that he sees Simeon's ghost during the brown brown scene, we get a look at the ghastly exit wound in the back of Simeon's head.



* BrokenPedestal: When Yuri is new to gunrunning, he is in awe of famous ArmsDealer Simeon Weisz, and when he tries to bring a business proposal to Simeon, he acts similar to a fan trying to pitch an idea to their favorite star. Yuri never does forgive Simeon's condescending rejection... at least, not until after Andre forces Yuri to kill Simeon.



* CerebusSyndrome: The black comedy portions of the film end when Yuri decides to start doing business in Africa.

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* CerebusSyndrome: The black comedy portions of the film end becomes less funny and more serious when Yuri decides to start doing business in Africa.Africa. There's still a lot of black humor when he first starts doing so, but it soon morphs into drama and tragedy.



* DespairEventHorizon: Pay attention to Valentine's face when Yuri makes his final speech. He gets closer and closer to this over the course of the speech and finally crosses when the door knocks.

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* DespairEventHorizon: DespairEventHorizon:
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Pay attention to Valentine's face when Yuri makes his final speech. He gets closer and closer to this over the course of the speech and finally crosses when there's a knock on the door knocks.door.



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Subverted, as Jack Valentine is stated to be:
-->"That rarest of law enforcement officer...unwilling to break the law himself" in order to catch Yuri.

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Subverted, as Subverted and discussed. Yuri's narration points out that many law enforcement officers are willing to do this, but Jack Valentine is stated to be:
-->"That
one of those rare truly honest one who wouldn't do this.
-->"I was guilty as sin, but Valentine couldn't prove it. And he was the
rarest breed of law enforcement officer...unwilling to officer: the type who knew I was breaking the law, but wouldn't break the law himself" in order it himself to catch Yuri. bust me."



* HonestJohnsDealership: Yuri fits the personality, although his product is somewhat different than the norm.

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* HonestJohnsDealership: Yuri fits starts off as essentially a gun dealing version of this trope. Later he hits the personality, although his product is somewhat different than the norm.big time in a way that most Honest Johns never dream of.



* LatinoIsBrown: A fair-skinned Colombian drug lord pays with six kilos of cocaine instead of cash. He and Yuri also use a lot of Mexican slang for no apparent reason.

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* LatinoIsBrown: A Averted when Yuri does a deal with a Columbian drug lord. Said drug lord is fair-skinned Colombian drug lord and pays with six kilos of cocaine instead of cash. He Also, he and Yuri also use a lot of Mexican slang for no apparent reason.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Despite getting shot in the leg by an angry warlord, Yuri still completes a sale, and doesn't even pass out from the blood loss afterward.

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Despite getting shot in the leg side by an angry warlord, drug lord, Yuri still completes a sale, and doesn't even pass out from the blood loss afterward.



* MurderByMistake: After Yuri rejects Simeon Weisz's desperate offer of partnership, he rigs Yuri's car to explode. Yuri gifts it to [[spoiler:his uncle]], who is blown up in his place.

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* MurderByMistake: After Yuri rejects Simeon Weisz's desperate offer of partnership, he Simeon rigs Yuri's car to explode. Yuri gifts it to [[spoiler:his uncle]], who is blown up in his place.



* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Yuri notes that in Africa, the more high-sounding and noble a political faction's name is, the less likely it is to be like it claims. See TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized.

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* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: Yuri notes that in Africa, the more high-sounding and noble a political faction's name is, the less likely it is to be like what it claims. See TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized.



* PragmaticVillainy:

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* PragmaticVillainy: When Yuri says that he used to sell weapons to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan who were fighting against the Soviet invasion, he takes a moment to note that he never sold weapons to Osama Bin Laden, who was involved in that conflict. However, the reason why Yuri didn't sell to Bin Laden has nothing to do with morals.



* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: Yuri is nearly executed by a pair of thugs in Africa. One aims his AK-47 ([[KarmicDeath sold to him by Yuri, naturally]]), pulls the trigger... [[KarmaHoudini nothing.]] Clears the jam, sticks it in his face again, pulls the trigger... [[OverlyLongGag nothing.]] Yuri points out that they'll do that sometimes and tries to fix the jam for him... the thug just hits him with the butt and knocks him out. Well, it was worth a shot, anyway...

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* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: Yuri is nearly executed by a pair of thugs in Africa. One aims his AK-47 ([[KarmicDeath sold to him by Yuri, naturally]]), pulls the trigger... [[KarmaHoudini nothing.]] Clears the jam, sticks it in his face again, pulls the trigger... [[OverlyLongGag nothing.]] Yuri points out comments that they'll they don't usually do that sometimes and tries and to fix the jam for him... the thug just hits him with the butt and knocks him out.butt. Well, it was worth a shot, anyway...



* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining that they can indeed be easily jammed, as listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it while chambering instead of releasing and letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.

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* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining that they can indeed be easily jammed, as listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns.jammed in the manner shown when two African thugs try and fail to kill Yuri. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it while chambering instead of releasing and letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.



* SympathyForTheHero: Yuri grudgingly shows admiration for Valentine's integrity and seems to have some genuine sympathy for him at the end as Valentine is betrayed by the system.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Uncle Dmitri]]'s last words are, "I am the luckiest man alive!"

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* SympathyForTheHero: Yuri grudgingly shows admiration for Valentine's integrity and seems to have at least some genuine sympathy for him at the end as Valentine is betrayed by the system.
* TemptingFate: TemptingFate:
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[[spoiler:Uncle Dmitri]]'s last words are, "I am the luckiest man alive!"



-->"I wasn't worried. There's hardly any radar over most of Central Africa, and even fewer people to watch it."
-->[cue Agent Valentine in a jet fighter on Yuri's tail]
* TestedOnHumans: Baptiste Sr. guns down one of his own aides to test out Yuri's merchandise. Yuri is horrified... but quickly realized that was the wrong move, so covers for it by angrily exclaiming, "Now you have to buy it! I can't sell a ''used'' gun." This also gave him an excuse to take the gun away (allegedly for cleaning and inspection, but really to get it out of Baptiste's hand). Fortunately, Baptiste finds this humourous.

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-->"I --->"I wasn't worried. There's hardly any radar over most of Central Africa, and even fewer people to watch it."
-->[cue --->[cue Agent Valentine in a jet fighter on Yuri's tail]
* TestedOnHumans: Baptiste Sr. guns down one of his own aides to test out Yuri's merchandise. Yuri is horrified... but quickly realized that was the wrong move, so covers for it by angrily exclaiming, "Now you have to buy it! I can't sell a ''used'' gun." This also gave him an excuse to take the gun away (allegedly for cleaning and inspection, but really to get it out of Baptiste's hand). Fortunately, [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Baptiste finds this humourous.humourous]].



---> [[RunningGag I prefer it my way.]]

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---> --> [[RunningGag I prefer it my way.]]



** His main competitor Simeon Weisz is closer to a straight version of the trope, stating that he supplied guns to Iraq and Iran during their war because he "wanted both sides to lose."
* WarIsHell: Those who suffer in war are rarely those who benefit and conflict need not be just. The special horror is feeding murder and destruction for monetary gain.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[TheRival Simeon]] makes an offer to partner up with Yuri at one point, but he rejects it.

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** His main competitor Simeon Weisz is closer to a straight version of the trope, stating that he supplied trope. Normally Simeon only sells guns to further his pro-American and pro-Capitalist agenda, but Yuri tries to call him a hypocrite by noting how Simeon sold guns to both Iraq and Iran during their war war. Simeon retorts that he sold to both sides because he "wanted both sides to lose."
* WarIsHell: Those who suffer in war are rarely those who benefit and conflict need not be just. The special horror is feeding murder and destruction for monetary gain.
gain.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[TheRival Simeon]] makes an offer to partner up with Yuri at one point, but he Yuri (who at that point is the more powerful man and sees Simeon as an outdated relic) rejects it.



* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell:

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-->'''Mbizi:''' Let me make him disappear, Mr. Valentine. Around here people disappear all the time.\\
'''Valentine:''' I can't do that.\\
'''Mbizi:''' (Gestures to the empty African countryside) Look where we are. Who will know?\\
'''Valentine:''' We will.
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell:
6th Dec '16 1:57:59 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining that they can indeed be easily jammed, as listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it after chambering instead of releasing and letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.

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* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining that they can indeed be easily jammed, as listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it after while chambering instead of releasing and letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.
28th Nov '16 11:25:14 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining the jam listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it after chambering instead of letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.

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* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining the jam that they can indeed be easily jammed, as listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it after chambering instead of releasing and letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.
28th Nov '16 1:46:12 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ShownTheirWork: Despite the AK-47's famous reliability, Yuri is correct when explaining the jam listed under ReliablyUnreliableGuns. "Riding" the bolt on an AK rifle (keeping your hand on it after chambering instead of letting it slam home) can cause the cartridge to fall out and lodge itself in the receiver.
16th Oct '16 8:21:00 AM maxwellsilver
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** Subverted in another scene: Yuri says he refused to sell weapons to OsamaBinLaden. Not because of ethical reasons, but [[PragmaticVillainy because back then Bin Laden's checks kept bouncing]].

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** Subverted in another scene: Yuri says he refused to sell weapons to OsamaBinLaden. Not because of ethical reasons, but [[PragmaticVillainy because back then Bin Laden's checks kept bouncing]].bouncing.



* FirstPersonSmartAss: Arguably a large part of the appeal of the movie is hearing Nicolas Cage's [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan, snarky voiceover]] commenting on the often very serious scenes.

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* FirstPersonSmartAss: Arguably a large part of the appeal of the movie is hearing Nicolas Cage's [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan, snarky voiceover]] voiceover commenting on the often very serious scenes.



* InheritedIlliteracyTitle: A variant. Baptiste is fond of turning English compound nouns into phrases - 'bloodbath' becomes 'bath of blood'; 'warlord' becomes [[TitleDrop 'Lord of War']].

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* InheritedIlliteracyTitle: A variant. Baptiste is fond of turning English compound nouns into phrases - 'bloodbath' becomes 'bath of blood'; 'warlord' becomes [[TitleDrop 'Lord of War']].War'.



* {{Irony}}: Yuri ruminates on how [[spoiler:he sold millions of rounds of ammunition, but in the end a single bullet got him arrested (said bullet was in Vitaly's body after the latter [[BlatantLies died of a heart attack]] on their trip to Africa)]].

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* {{Irony}}: Yuri ruminates on how [[spoiler:he sold millions of rounds of ammunition, but in the end a single bullet got him arrested (said bullet was in Vitaly's body after the latter [[BlatantLies died of a heart attack]] "heart attack" on their trip to Africa)]].



** Andre Baptiste (senior) is partially based on Charles Taylor, former leader of UsefulNotes/{{Liberia}}.

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** Andre Baptiste (senior) Baptiste, Sr., is partially based on Charles Taylor, former leader of UsefulNotes/{{Liberia}}.
16th Oct '16 8:07:16 AM maxwellsilver
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** At the end, [[spoiler:Yuri reveals he was working as a middleman for the US government, supplying factions they can't be seen supporting. We never learn how or why he this happened.]]

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** At the end, [[spoiler:Yuri reveals he was working as a middleman for the US government, supplying factions they can't be seen supporting. We never learn how or why he this happened.]]
16th Oct '16 8:05:17 AM maxwellsilver
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* NoodleIncident: In addition to having French, British, Israeli, and Ukrainian passports, Yuri also had a student visa for the US, "but that's another story."

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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In addition to having French, British, Israeli, and Ukrainian passports, Yuri also had a student visa for the US, "but that's another story.""
** At the end, [[spoiler:Yuri reveals he was working as a middleman for the US government, supplying factions they can't be seen supporting. We never learn how or why he this happened.]]



* PlausibleDeniability: It's revealed in the end [[spoiler:that Yuri acts as a middleman for the US Government, selling arms to goverments and groups that the US doesn't want to be publicly associated with. Even though this effectively gives him a GetOutOfJailFreeCard, Yuri bleakly wonders when his benefactors will decide that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he's no longer useful to them.]]]]

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* PlausibleDeniability: It's revealed in the end [[spoiler:that Yuri acts as a middleman for the US Government, selling arms to goverments governments and groups that the US doesn't want to be publicly associated with. Even though this effectively gives him a GetOutOfJailFreeCard, Yuri bleakly wonders when his benefactors will decide that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he's no longer useful to them.]]]]
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