Th ree Kings

Western Times - - TV GUIDE / LIFE -

Fri­day, nine/im­parja, 10.45pm, MA15+ (1999)

David O. Rus­sell’s take on the first Gulf War is filled with wit, black hu­mour, in­tel­li­gence and play­ful­ness. Ge­orge Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Spike Jonze and Ice Cube (pic­tured) play US sol­diers sta­tioned in Iraq in the af­ter­math of the con­flict, who go AWOL to find Sad­dam’s hid­den trea­sure. Side­lined by Iraqi civil­ians in des­per­ate need of help, their mis­sion proves ar­du­ous. Rus­sell pulls no punches in ques­tionin gUS in­ten­tions in the re­gion and putting a hu­man face on the vic­tims of war­fare. The nar­ra­tive – a riff on The Trea­sure of the Sierra Madre – never veers off track and in­no­va­tive cam­er­a­work adds a sur­real di­men­sion to the ad­ven­ture.

A knock­out.

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