Lord of War (2005)

 

Lord of War (2005)

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FADE IN: context [the arms factory; credits; the journey of a bullet from the factory to the murder].

Introduce the antihero [Yuri Orlov's back story; Ukranian, immigrated with his family when he was young etc]

Introduce the Romantic Challenge [Ava Fontaine].

Antihero's Ordinary World [Little Odessa; the end of the Q line; hero's family; enhance back story and characters; Russian gangsters etc].

Call to Adventure:

Yuri realizes his future is in selling arms (fulfilling a human need)]. Always wanted to do something big with his life. If he's going into the gun trade, he's gonna aim high.

Develop antihero's capabilities and suitability for the journey [expert salesman; a natural instinct for smuggling contraband].

Refusal of the Call:

Yuri's brother [Vitaly Orlov, the Shape Shifter] resists.

Refusal overcome [we're doing nothing with our lives].

Supernatural Aid:

Introduce the Mentor (Simeon Weisz) [mentor's status; background; reputation].

Meeting with the Supernatural Aid [mentor refuses guidance; forces the hero to go it alone].

First Threshold:

Yuri and Vitali in Lebanon and other parts of the World [selling to every army but the Salvation army; selling weapons in 8/10 of the world's top war zones; reference to the romantic challenge].

Antihero's Inner Challenge [cares more for money than the deaths of the children].

Introduce the antagonism [the good guy - Jack Valentine; his character (zealous agent)].

Physical Separation (Belly of the Whale):

Antihero resists the physical change but it is forced onto him [getting shot].

Distance between his Old and New Self increases [trading guns for cocaine].

Celebrating the Physical Separation [with cocaine].

Realises he is on a journey ["doesn't know what he was running away from"].

Warning of the Dangers of the Journey [Vitali tells him that his business "kills from the inside"].

Embarking on the Journey alone ["from that point on this was a one man operation].

Transformation (Road of Trials):

Conquering the Romantic Challenge [meeting, wooing and marrying Ava].

Physical Marker of Change [the marriage].

Transformation into a family man with child.

The Ideal and Seizing the Sword [Meeting with the Goddess]:

The Cold War Ends and Yuri realizes he can be the biggest arms dealer there is.

Yuri's inventory becomes the stockpile of the old Ukraine ["the hottest time in arms dealing"].

Obstacles to Seizing the Sword [Simeon Weisz, the rival arms dealer and could-have-been mentor].

Seizing the Sword [Yuri becomes so successful he can afford to become an art dealer].

Foreshadow of the Ultimate Boon [Ava doesn't now he's an arms dealer].

Foreshadow of the Shape Shifter's turning ["why is Vitaly always screwed up?"].

Rebirth through Death:

Valentine almost catches Yuri.

Yuri has a name change [Valentine tells him he does not trade arms, but that he is an arms dealer].

Valentine's African assistant is ready to kill him.

Yuri left in the heat for 24 hours.

Atonement with the Father:

Simeon Weisz is killed. Yuri faced with the fact that he deals with murderers and that his guns kill.

Apotheosis:

Yuri's time in West Africa; "Sir, will my arms grow back." The social consequences of his actions.

Ultimate Boon:

Eva learns that he is an arms dealer. Yuri no longer has to hide the truth.

Refusal:

Ava can't wear the clothes, can't drive the car etc. Disgusted with the Old Self.

Ava attempts to convince Uri to stop.

Magic Flight:

Uri attempts to sell timber, oil etc… anything except sell arms or to return to the Old Self.

Rescue from Without:

The President of Liberia stops by…

You can't resist biology…

Crossing the Return Threshold:

Yuri and Vitaly return to sell arms in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Vitaly (Shape Shifter) sees what the arms sale with do – kill the innocents – and turns.

Master of Two Worlds:

Brother dies. Ava and child walk out. Mother and Father disown antihero.

Confronting Valentine.

Yuri knows he won't go to jail; can operate with the blessing of the Western leaders.

Freedom to Live:

Yuri is free to operate.

"The art of survival in never to go to war – especially with yourself."

 

by Kal Bashir