Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Review: War Dogs

War Dogs
08.16.2016
100%
8 10
war dogs banner

PLOT: Two twenty-something stoner buddies become arms dealers when they successfully bid on a government contract to supply arms to troops stationed in Iraq.

REVIEW: THE HANGOVER 3 suggested that director Todd Phillips was eager to move away from zany comedy. How else can you justify the fact that the movie wound-up being so darn serious? It signaled that Philips was looking to get more ambitious and sure enough WAR DOGS is a significant step in a whole new direction for the director. While there are still funny parts, for the most part WAR DOGS is a straightforward crime drama, with an intriguingly grey sense of morality at its core.

miles teller jonah hill war dogs

The guys, played here by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, are based on real people. Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz were indeed two L.A stoners who made a fortune chasing government contracts to supply arms in Iraq, but their greed and willingness to bend morally marked their downfall. Considering that they were virtual merchants of death, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that Phillips never tries to make us like the two leads too much. Consider this WOLF OF WALL STREET-lite. We observe them and find ourselves amused by their wild antics, but to his credit Phillips doesn’t attempts to justify their actions.

The roles feel tailor-made for both actors. Teller plays the more stable of the pair, a wannabe businessman reduced to working as a masseuse while trying to sell bed sheets to retirement homes (one owner complains using the soft sheets would be like wrapping “lizards in silk”). He’s shown to be a family man (with a pregnant wife played by Ana de Armas) and he’s a good enough guy – at first – until greed does a number on him. Teller manages that transition really well.

 jonah hill war dogs

However, WAR DOGS really feels like a showcase for Hill, who’s exceptional as the morally bankrupt Diveroli, who just wants to make more and more money and will do whatever he has to in order to guard his hide. Constantly snorting coke and looking heavier than ever (Hill lost weight right after) while sporting a L.A spray-on tan, Hill hasn’t been this good since WOLF OF WALL STREET, and he clearly relishes being the lead this time as opposed to support.

Surprisingly, Phillips has also managed to get an uncredited Bradley Cooper on-board for a substantial part. Playing an arms dealer barred from doing business in the U.S, he looks like a streamlined version of Hill’s character, with a quieter manner complementing his slick look. A dangerous guy, you can tell when Hill and Teller get in bed with him that they’re going down a dark road, although Hill’s clearly full-steam ahead from the get-go.

At about two hours, Phillips, while making a Scorsese-style movie, hasn’t gone whole hog and tried to turn this into an epic. There’s no need, as he’s able to do this story a lot of justice in just under two hours. While I have some minor problems with the movie, such as a too familiar scene early-on where Teller’s able to guess the make and model of the gun he’s being threatened with (like in LORD OF WAR), overall this was a really solid late-summer surprise and a gem of a crime caper. I highly recommend this to people who enjoy this kind of true-crime tale, and I fully expect Phillips to get some well-deserved critical acclaim out of this.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Source: JoBlo.com

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

7:38PM on 08/21/2016
I'm looking forward to this one and it's good to see cooper not just chasing oscars!
I'm looking forward to this one and it's good to see cooper not just chasing oscars!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:35PM on 08/16/2016
Movie looks good and I'm glad to read the positive review. The trailers have done a good job of selling the film without giving too much away and even though I dislike Teller, it seems that Hill, and Cooper will make up for that aspect with their roles.

Should be a good one of the few remaining films left of the summer alongside Hell or High Water.
Movie looks good and I'm glad to read the positive review. The trailers have done a good job of selling the film without giving too much away and even though I dislike Teller, it seems that Hill, and Cooper will make up for that aspect with their roles.

Should be a good one of the few remaining films left of the summer alongside Hell or High Water.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:36PM on 08/21/2016
Why don't you like teller? He's a decent young actor!
Why don't you like teller? He's a decent young actor!
5:29PM on 08/16/2016

Deja Vu All Over Again....

You know, I really liked this movie when it was called Lord Of War. I'm pretty sure that while it was a fictional story, the elements in it rang true as to be based on some source material. Pretty sure it was the last good role that Nicholas Cage had. As for this one, I'll see it...but can smell a Scorsese wannabe production just from the trailer...
You know, I really liked this movie when it was called Lord Of War. I'm pretty sure that while it was a fictional story, the elements in it rang true as to be based on some source material. Pretty sure it was the last good role that Nicholas Cage had. As for this one, I'll see it...but can smell a Scorsese wannabe production just from the trailer...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:18PM on 08/16/2016
Watch Joe. And if you like to see Cage justified in his craziness, Bad Lieutenant.
Watch Joe. And if you like to see Cage justified in his craziness, Bad Lieutenant.
5:16PM on 08/16/2016
"THE HANGOVER 3 suggested that director Todd Phillips was eager to move away from zany comedy."

No. HANGOVER 2&3 just showed that he was out of ideas for zany comedies.
"THE HANGOVER 3 suggested that director Todd Phillips was eager to move away from zany comedy."

No. HANGOVER 2&3 just showed that he was out of ideas for zany comedies.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More