Helpful in National Soul Searching and Confronting Reality,
My review of this movie is based on a lifetime overseas as the son of an oilman, as a Marine Corps infantry officer, as a clandestine case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and as the foremost trainer of governments interested in getting a grip on reality by focusing on open source of information in all languages.
This is a first rate movie with some truly extraordinary visuals and some truly extraordinary lines. It is an intelligence movie for intelligent people, and it should certainly give anyone both a couple of hours of enjoyment, and a couple of hours of reflection.
Among the highlights:
1) AK-47 as the real weapon of mass destruction
2) Africans stripping a plane overnight, literally pulling every piece of it off and making it “disappear”
3) There is one gun for every 12 people, the arms dealers goal is to arm the other 11 as quickly as possible
4) The top arms dealers (“merchants of death”) are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
I read more than I watch movies, and will end with two comments: a) all of my reading bears out the importance and relevance of this movie; and b) it is easily one of the more serious and appreciable movies I have seen in some time. The intellect in the devising and presentation of this movie is absolutely first rate.