We’re all arms dealers

Lord of War has received mostly bad reviews for being too ‘thought provoking’ or ‘preachy’. If film critics are meant to be emblematic of film audiences, then I am not surprised by such proud stupidity. As one comment on the IMDB page for this film put it: “Lord of war: Great film seeming to receive bad reviews by dense critics.”

I am interested in seeing it after reading this by the writer/director Andrew Niccol:

“What I’m interested in is certain aspects of the human condition. Or, rather, the inhuman condition. The inhumanity of technology and its misuse, what we’re doing to each other.”
Rather than change minds, however, Niccol hopes merely to “open people’s eyes” with this film. “We’re all arms dealers in a way, because we all indirectly profit from it.”