The iconic CSI snapshot borrowed from a George Clooney film
This film is David O. Russell’s drama “Three Kings” on the Gulf War. If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, “Three Kings” found Clooney describing a disillusioned US military officer who, at the end of the Gulf War, enlists three subordinates (Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg and Spike Jonze) for the ‘help free a cache of gold bars accumulated by Saddam Hussein and his allies. Understandably, things don’t go as planned, with Russell and company delivering an exciting wartime adventure that’s as elegantly rendered as it is bristling with anti-war sentiment.
Despite some legendary behind-the-scenes shenanigans, the film was released to rave reviews in 1999 (by Rotten Tomatoes), with many hailing its style as nothing short of groundbreaking. Roger Ebert was among them, with the reviewer specifically pointing to the gunshot wound scene of the film in his four-star review stating, “A lot of movies show bodies hit by bullets. This one sends the camera inside to show one. bullet cavity filling with bile. ” And yes, this is the very scene that Zuiker admitted to being the inspiration for the famous “CSI plan”, the creator of the series telling his interviewer, “I got the” CSI plan “while watching a movie. titled “Three Kings”., ‘ where the bullet entered the body. “
If imitation is indeed the ultimate form of flattery, David O. Russell should be more than flattered that Zuiker has made his “infected bile pouches” moment a staple of the small screen on “CSI”. But given Russell’s sadly cantankerous temper, one has to wonder.