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Gary Faulkner (Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA - and even God and Osama themselves.
Picture yourself receiving a message from God himself telling you to order a sword off a home shopping network and then head to Pakistan to capture Osama Bin Laden. Sounds more like a crazy dream doesn't it? Well that is what happened to Gary Faulkner, an ex-con/handyman living on job sites. One day God came to him and tells him to do actually that. First Gary attempted to sail to Pakistan which we all know is impossible but after numerous attempts which also included attempting to hang glide in he finally made it by plane.
"Army Of One" tells Gary's outrageous story, and yes the story is mostly all true. Of course there are liberties taken for the sake of entertainment but it can't be anymore bizarre than the facts. The film stars Nicolas Cage who gives a hilarious performance as Gary. Cage is no stranger to comedy and he really brings it in this over the top performance. The film also stars, Russell Brand as God himself and Wendi McLendon-Covey as Gary's old high school crush.
The film is a comedy but I don't think there was any other way to tell Gary Faulkner's story. He is such a colorful and odd guy that you instantly like him and actually root for him even though you already know what happened to Osama. The film itself isn't perfect and I some how felt it could have been a lot better, after all this type of story can't be made up but I was entertained for the most part. I really liked the film's performances and I did find myself laughing out loud several times due to Gary's antics.
Cage's performance alone is worth checking out and Wendi McLendon-Covey plays off his craziness perfectly. Combine that with the story which is too outrageous to be true but yet it is and you have one of the most unique comedies of the year. It may not be the best comedy to come out and there were liberties taken with the story but it was meant to be more comical and it delivers on what it promises. Available on Blu-ray and DVD with Special Features that include:
The Making Of Army Of One
Also stick around for some behind the scenes stuff inside the credits as well as an update on Faulker.
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
*** Out Of *****