Army Of One


It’s easy to see why this 2016 movie was never shown in cinemas here. I’m glad I got hold of the DVD to watch a different Nicholas Cage, in his funniest role: he is totally unrecognisable, with a different look and even sounding different here. I doubt we’ll get to see him in another larger-than-life role like that!

The story is based on the article by Chris Heath, first published in the GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) Magazine, based on a true story of Gary Faulkner (Nicholas Cage).

Gary is a self-proclaimed go-to man (actually an unemployed contractor) and psychic wizard who sees illusions (or hallucinates) when he goes for his dialysis treatments instead of the nurse or a fellow patient.

Gary thinks God (Russell Brand) tells him to capture Osama Bin Laden, so he travels to Pakistan armed with only a single sword. This tale gets crazier and crazier, with Gary’s hilarious encounters with his old friends back in Colorado and Las Vegas and his new friends in Pakistan, along with others.

Gary doesn’t seem to think before he does anything. (“Nothing good in the history of the world ever got done by thinking about it.“) When he makes up his mind to do something, he doesn’t take no for an answer. (“I can do anything. I am Gary Faulkner.”) He is actually quite a complex guy – “I don’t understand why people are telling me I can’t do something, when I’m already doing it.” He wants to feel accepted, yet he wants to take matters into his own hands: “If there weren’t people like me doing things that people like you told us that we couldn’t do, then nothing great would ever get done, and America won’t be awesome, but American is awesome.” – as he says to an airline clerk.


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