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the_DT
soldiers_NNS
of_IN
three_CD
kings_NNS
have_HV
taken_VBN
their_PP$
cue_NN
from_IN
movies_NNS
about_IN
vietnam_NP
._.
(_)
fitting_NN
,_,
since_CS
the_DT
media-saturated_VBN
gulf_NN
war_NN
became_VBD
a_DT
pop_NN
entertainment_NN
._.
)_)
while_CS
driving_VBG
through_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
,_,
flat_JJ
iraqi_JJ
desert_NN
(_(
in_IN
a_DT
humvee_???
with_IN
a_NN
bart_???
simpson_NP
hood_NN
ornament_NN
)_)
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
men_NNS
under_IN
special_JJ
forces_NNS
sgt_???
._.
maj_???
._.
archie_NP
gates_NNS
'_"
(_(
who_NP
's_POS
steering_NN
)_)
command_NN
requests_NNS
a_DT
beach_NN
boys_NNS
tune_NN
._.
these_DT
men_NNS
want_VB
their_PP$
apocalypse_NN
now_RB
moment_NN
,_,
only_RB
instead_RB
of_IN
surfing_VBG
,_,
they_PP
bop_NN
to_IN
the_DT
music_NN
and_CC
skeet_NN
shoot_VB
out_RP
the_DT
back_NN
of_IN
the_DT
vehicle_NN
,_,
armed_JJ
with_IN
automatic_JJ
rifles_NNS
._.
our_PP$
three_CD
kings_NNS
(_(
okay_RB
,_,
four_CD
)_)
are_BER
good_JJ
fighters_NNS
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
don't_DO
necessarily_RB
take_VB
operation_NN
desert_NN
storm_NN
seriously-it_???
's_MD
a_DT
reprieve_NN
from_IN
their_PP$
hellish_JJ
day_NN
jobs_NNS
._.
they_PP
are_BER
gates_NNS
,_,
new_JJ
father_NN
sgt_???
._.
troy_NP
barlow_NP
(_(
wahlberg_NP
)_)
,_,
sgt_???
._.
chief_JJ
elgin_NN
(_(
cube_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
pvt_???
._.
conrad_NP
vig_???
(_(
music_NN
video_NN
director_NN
jonze_NN
)_)
._.
at_IN
story_NN
's_POS
start_NN
,_,
president_NN
bush_NP
has_HVZ
declared_VBN
a_DT
ceasefire_NN
,_,
and_CC
american_JJ
troops_NNS
are_BER
tying_VBG
up_RP
loose_JJ
ends_NNS
._.
barlow_NP
,_,
elgin_NN
,_,
and_CC
vig_???
discover_VB
during_IN
a_DT
round_JJ
up_RP
of_IN
iraqi_JJ
captives_NNS
an_DT
"_"
ass-map_???
"_"
that_CS
points_NNS
to_IN
a_DT
bunker_NN
filled_VBN
with_IN
gold_NN
bullion_NP
._.
gates_NNS
leaves_NNS
his_PP$
jurisdiction_NN
to_IN
commandeer_NN
the_DT
situation_NN
;_;
he_PP
proposes-demands-that_RB
barlow_NP
,_,
elgin_NN
,_,
and_CC
vig_???
join_NN
him_PP
on_IN
a_DT
treasure_NN
hunt_NN
._.
ditching_VBG
his_PP$
escort_NN
,_,
a_DT
relentless_JJ
reporter_NN
named_VBN
adriana_NP
cruz_NP
(_(
nora_???
dunn_???
)_(
,_,
is_BEZ
easy_JJ
._.
so_RB
is_BEZ
finding_VBG
the_DT
treasure_NN
,_,
until_CS
the_DT
four_CD
men_NNS
realize_VB
the_DT
magnitude_NN
of_IN
discord_NN
still_RB
breathing_VBG
in_IN
iraq_NP
:_:
saddam_NP
's_POS
men_NNS
are_BER
threatening_VBG
the_DT
dictator_NN
's_POS
detractors_NNS
(_(
citizens_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
country_NN
)_)
with_IN
violence_NN
._.
when_CS
gates_NNS
and_CC
company_NN
arrive_VB
at_IN
the_DT
bunker_NN
with_IN
a_DT
stolen_JJ
truck_NN
,_,
ready_JJ
to_IN
loot_???
,_,
the_DT
unarmed_JJ
rebels_NNS
want_VB
help_NN
._.
(_)
bush_NP
encouraged_VBD
them_PP
to_IN
rise_NN
up_RP
against_IN
the_DT
government_NN
,_,
but_CC
provided_VBN
no_DT
military_JJ
support_NN
for_IN
such_DT
cause_NN
._.
)_)
gates_NNS
convinces_VBZ
the_DT
vault_NN
's_POS
guards_NNS
that_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
post-war_JJ
mission_NN
,_,
and_CC
even_RB
accepts_VBZ
their_PP$
assistance_NN
in_IN
loading_NN
the_DT
truck_NN
._.
the_DT
situation_NN
could_MD
go_VB
off_RP
without_IN
a_DT
hitch_NN
:_:
the_DT
former_DT
enemies_NNS
bear_VB
no_DT
grudges_NNS
._.
but_CC
the_DT
money_NN
hungry_JJ
gates_NNS
has_HVZ
a_DT
conscience_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
one_CD
female_JJ
bystander_NN
is_BEZ
shot_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
sadistic_JJ
grunt_NN
before_IN
these_DT
americans_NNS
have_HV
left_VBN
the_DT
scene_NN
,_,
he_PP
orders_NNS
barlow_NP
,_,
elgin_NN
and_CC
vig_???
to_IN
open_JJ
fire_NN
on_IN
the_DT
surrounding_JJ
arab_JJ
forces_NNS
._.
the_DT
result_NN
:_:
barlow_NP
is_BEZ
kidnapped_VBN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
filmmakers_NNS
imply_VB
that_CS
these_DT
would-be_JJ
kings_NNS
are_BER
seeing_VBG
more_DT
action_NN
than_CS
they_PP
ever_RB
did_DOD
during_IN
wartime_NN
._.
barlow_NP
is_BEZ
eventually_RB
locked_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
dank_JJ
room_NN
and_CC
wired_VBN
up_RP
to_IN
a_DT
shocking_JJ
device_NN
._.
his_PP$
interrogator_NN
lost_VBD
his_PP$
family_NN
to_IN
the_DT
bombs_NNS
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
wants_VBZ
barlow_NP
to_IN
imagine_VB
the_DT
demise_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
wife_NN
and_CC
child_NN
._.
(_)
he_PP
does_DOZ
,_,
in_CD
chilling_JJ
,_,
lasting_JJ
images_NNS
._.
)_)
i_PP
liked_VBD
these_DT
scenes_NNS
best_RBS
,_,
because_CS
the_DT
political_JJ
became_VBD
personal_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
one_CD
thing_NN
to_IN
champion_NN
the_DT
plight_NN
of_IN
thousands_NNS
;_;
it_PP
's_BEZ
another_DT
to_TO
see_VB
a_DT
ceiling_NN
cave_NN
in_IN
atop_???
a_NN
baby_NN
in_IN
a_DT
crib_???
._.
russell_NP
has_HVZ
shocked_VBN
us_PP
before_IN
:_:
his_PP$
first_OD
film_NN
,_,
spanking_VBG
the_DT
monkey_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
about_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
's_POS
affair_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
bedridden_NN
mother_NN
._.
(_)
it_PP
's_BEZ
great_JJ
._.
)_)
his_PP$
second_NN
,_,
flirting_VBG
with_IN
disaster_NN
,_,
features_NNS
a_DT
character_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
an_DT
armpit_NN
fetish_NN
._.
one_CD
could_MD
argue_VB
that_DT
it_PP
's_BEZ
easier_JJR
to_TO
make_VB
an_DT
audience_NN
react_VB
to_IN
such_DT
sexual_JJ
deviance_NN
than_CS
explosions_NNS
,_,
though_CS
;_;
russell_NP
disturbs_NNS
us_NP
in_IN
three_CD
kings_NNS
by_IN
being_BEG
no-nonsense_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
violence_NN
._.
when_CS
barlow_NP
conjures_NNS
the_DT
detonation_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
suburban_JJ
home_NN
,_,
russell_NP
mutes_NNS
the_DT
sound-we're_???
paying_JJ
attention_NN
to_IN
the_DT
debris_NN
instead_RB
of_IN
thx_???
bombast_NN
._.
three_CD
kings_NNS
is_BEZ
russell_NP
's_POS
first_OD
visually_RB
arresting_VBG
picture_NN
._.
stylistically_RB
,_,
it_PP
stands_VBZ
apart_RB
from_IN
other_JJ
war_NN
dramas_NNS
._.
newton_NP
thomas_NP
sigel_NP
's_POS
cinematography_NN
of_IN
the_DT
exteriors_NNS
is_BEZ
overexposed_JJ
and_CC
extremely_RB
grainy_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
,_,
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
entirely_RB
appropriate_JJ
._.
one_CD
practically_RB
breaks_VBZ
out_RP
in_IN
sweat_NN
staring_VBG
at_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
(_)
a_DT
friend_NN
enthusiastically_RB
added_VBD
,_,
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
like_IN
having_HVG
sand_NN
in_IN
your_PP$
eyes_NNS
._.
"_"
)_)
this_DT
also_RB
helps_VBZ
to_IN
blur_NN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
the_DT
actual_JJ
locations_NNS
are_BER
far_RB
removed_VBN
from_IN
the_DT
persian_JJ
gulf_NN
facade_NN
._.
(_)
three_CD
kings_NNS
was_BEDZ
shot_VBN
in_IN
arizona_NP
,_,
california_NP
,_,
and_CC
mexico_NP
._.
)_)
russell_NP
throws_VBZ
plenty_PN
at_IN
sigel_NP
's_POS
camera_NN
for_IN
it_PP
to_IN
observe-as_???
was_BEDZ
the_DT
case_NN
with_IN
russell_NP
's_POS
previous_JJ
efforts_NNS
,_,
the_DT
most_DT
absurd_JJ
moments_NNS
are_BER
also_RB
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
most_DT
realistic_JJ
,_,
even_RB
the_DT
most_DT
poignant_JJ
._.
(_(
we_PP
watch_VB
a_DT
bullet_NN
puncture_VB
an_DT
organ_NN
from_IN
the_DT
inside_NN
._.
)_)
if_CS
anything_PN
,_,
three_CD
kings_NNS
settles_VBZ
down_RP
and_CC
stops_VBZ
surprising_JJ
us_NP
._.
its_PP$
climax_NN
is_BEZ
pure_JJ
hollywood_NP
,_,
no_DT
doubt_NN
the_DT
answer_NN
to_IN
why_WRB
a_DT
major_JJ
studio_NN
felt_VBD
comfortable_JJ
getting_VBG
into_IN
bed_NN
with_IN
the_DT
indie-minded_JJ
russell_NP
._.
subsequently_RB
,_,
the_DT
characters_NNS
become_VB
more_DT
cartoonish-barlow_JJ
's_POS
post-torture_NN
revelry_NN
felt_VBD
phony_NN
,_,
and_CC
chief_JJ
,_,
a_DT
strong_JJ
presence_NN
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
third_NP
,_,
fails_VBZ
to_IN
escape_NN
the_DT
god-fearing-ultra-serious-anti-racist-black-man-of-power_NN
clich_NP
?_?
-so_???
much_DT
for_IN
cube_NN
avoiding_VBG
token_NN
status_NN
._.
(_)
the_DT
arab_JJ
players_NNS
,_,
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
duck_NN
stereotype_NN
._.
)_)
clooney_NP
,_,
too_RB
,_,
transforms_VBZ
into_IN
a_DT
blandly_JJ
heroic_JJ
protestor-marching_NN
with_IN
the_DT
rebels_NNS
,_,
i_PP
waited_VBD
for_IN
him_PP
to_IN
shout_NN
,_,
"_"
let_VB
my_PP$
people_NN
go_VB
!_!
"_"
hayseed_RB
vig_???
notwithstanding_IN
,_,
the_DT
protagonists_NNS
are_BER
very_RB
intelligent_JJ
,_,
and_CC
self-serving_VBG
,_,
too_RB
;_;
i_PP
had_HVD
a_DT
glimmer_NN
of_IN
hope_NN
,_,
based_VBN
on_IN
russell_NP
's_POS
filmography_NN
,_,
that_CS
our_PP$
antiheroes_NNS
would_MD
revert_VB
to_IN
their_PP$
greedy_JJ
selves_NNS
at_IN
some_DT
juncture_NN
._.
(_)
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
spoiling_JJ
much_RB
to_TO
write_VB
that_DT
._.
)_)
then_RB
again_RB
,_,
what_WDT
historical_JJ
importance_NN
would_MD
such_DT
nastiness_NN
serve_VB
?_?
(_)
there_EX
's_BEZ
already_RB
enough_RB
cynicism_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
mentioning_VBG
of_IN
kuwait_NP
's_POS
oil-infested_JJ
waters_NNS
._.
)_)
russell_NP
offers_VBZ
the_DT
masses_NNS
a_DT
primer_NN
on_IN
the_DT
oft-dismissed_JJ
gulf_NN
conflict_NN
,_,
and_CC
pulled_VBD
off_RP
a_DT
neat_JJ
trick_NN
:_:
a_DT
war_NN
tale_NN
full_JJ
of_IN
battles_NNS
that_CS
takes_VBZ
place_NN
after_IN
a_DT
truce_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
declared_VBN
._.
if_CS
he_PP
set_VB
out_RP
to_IN
make_NN
something_PN
socially_RB
/_SYM
culturally_RB
/_SYM
politically_RB
/_SYM
globally_RB
significant_JJ
,_,
he_PP
succeeded_VBD
._.
with_IN
flair_NN
._.