Textual Analysis 8: ‘Lord of War’ Opening Title Sequence

‘Lord of War’ is a 2005 war crime film. The director is Andrew Niccol. Nicolas Cage also produces and stars in it.

This film charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 1980s 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 90s, 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.

This summary is from- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399295/plotsummary


The Title sequence

The sequence starts off in a what appears to be a industrial factory. The lighting is also very low key. The first line of the song is “something happened here”, leading the audience into enigma as they want to know what is going on.

The camera goes on to track the ‘life’ of a bullet, and follows it through its production stage. The mixture of the creation of an object that is used to kill and the creepy music gives a very eerie feel to the sequence.

The viewer continues to follow the bullet on its journey. All the different faces and places the bullets see could be representative of the mass amount of lives war and violence effects.

The angle the audience is presented with when the bullet is in the barrel of the gun builds suspense in the viewer as they can anticipate what is going to happen next.



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