War Dogs

War Dogs

Todd Phillips (2016)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
One of those stranger-than-fiction true stories is the basis for War Dogs, a cracking comedy thriller named after the small-business arms dealers who cashed in under the Bush administration. But Jonah Hill and Miles Teller (Whiplash) are surely the unlikeliest gunrunners of the lot, as 20-something stoners who win contracts supplying arms to the US military through the mid-to-late noughties. Efraim (Hill) tells old buddy David (Teller) that he "lives off the crumbs, like a rat". But the crumbs of the arms trade are worth millions, and with a baby on the way, David parks his anti-war sentiment and becomes Efraim's right-hand man. These are two very different characters - not easily likeable, but the actors successfully trade on the duo's naivety - and while director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) mines their slackerish attitude for laughs, more tragically he also reveals the cracks that form in life-threatening situations. Their dealings with a terror suspect (Bradley Cooper) add to an ominous mood that builds between shots of wry humour. It's a skilful balancing act by Phillips and just when you think it can't get any crazier, it goes and blows your mind.

Summary

Twentysomething gun runners David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli win a $300million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Fact based comedy-drama, starring Miles Teller, Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.

Cast & Crew

Efraim Diveroli Jonah Hill
David Packouz Miles Teller
Iz Ana de Armas
Bashkim J B Blanc
Henry Girard Bradley Cooper
Army bureaucrat Barry Livingston
Ralph Slutsky Kevin Pollak
Marlboro Shaun Toub
Vanessa Brenda Koo
Director Todd Phillips
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosReleased on: 26 Aug 2016
Comedy Drama Arts