IMDB: Three Kings – 1999
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
At the end of the Gulf War, a small group of soldiers come upon a map to Saddam’s stolen gold (“some things are worth clenching for”). What they don’t expect is the real pain and suffering they see along the way. The torment that is being inflicted upon the populace of the townsfolk is horrific (and only partially shown as to what I’d expect really happened over there, and continues to happen in current wars) and devastating to both the local people of the region and to the soldiers who witness it first hand.
It all goes wrong though once they get the gold and escape before being attacked.
This is where the movie really starts, as they start to work with the rebels and start to find a way to help the local civilians escape to the Iranian border.
This movie does a great job of actually showing the local civilians as actually being real people, not “hidden terrorists”, not “stupid scum of the earth” and not “un-civilised faceless nobodies” and that is possibly the greatest thing about this movie.
In the event that you haven’t seen this movie, I do recommend it as it does give a little insight into the atrocities of war, and how it affects the people on the ground, who both are forced to do them, and forced to witness them.