Rating: 7.2/10 (134,911 votes) Director: David O. Russell Writer: John Ridley (story), David O. Russell (screenplay) Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze Runtime: 114 min Rated: R Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy Released: 01 Oct 1999
Plot: In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
The David O. Russell who made Three Kings is pretty unrecognizable from the David O. Russell who now makes more traditional, relationship-based movies like Silver Linings Playbook and Joy. If you, like me, miss the weird, ambitious, and bold David O. Russell, give Three Kings a watch. It’s an incredibly striking saga of three soldiers in the aftermath of the Gulf War who set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait. It touches on a multitude of genres within a single film—screwball comedy, war drama, thriller—and while the behind-the-scenes tension has been well-documented, the fact of the matter is Three Kings still stands as one of Russell’s very best. Plus, given their stature now, it’s kind of insane to watch a darkly comic war film starring George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, and Spike Jonze. — Adam Chitwood