Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s living in Miami during the first Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.Wikipedia
War Dogs Reviews
The movie is replete with unmistakable characteristics of his earlier films — cocaine-snorting protagonists pulling off acts unimaginable by the regular you and me. There is just one major difference this time – War Dogs is based on true events.
The characters cite Scarface frequently but even more interestingly, each chapter in the film begins with a line of dialogue that will determine and set its tone.
There's a generous dose of fiction thrown in but for the most part, War Dogs serves up some pretty kick ass entertainment.
War Dogs is a film about two twenty-something men who do terrible things for a living. Besides echoing the Scorsese rise-and-fall story, the film is reminiscent of The Social Network - a more layered film about the moral corruption of twenty-somethings trying to win the world. Is there redemption? No.
War Dogs is not some serious war movie plotting an expose on world politics. It’s a light-hearted comedy that makes good use of classic guy material. There’s loads of guns, money, cocaine, weed, fast cars and popular music (background score) on offer here. It’s the perfect flavour of Pineapple Express.
Todd Phillips attempt is to give this film a 'Hangover' sort of burlesque and he succeeds partly- unfortunately that kind of treatment takes away from the purity of the true story. And that's a pity really.
This is one of those films that you watch for light humor but then in the end you are struck with a hard reality that makes you question the workings of the government and the morals of opportunists like Efraim. Jonah Hill has perfectly played the role of Efraim. From his Scarface references to his odd laugh, everything is spot on. Miles Teller has also upped his game in this one. Bradley Cooper’s is a short role but effective enough.
This lack of depth gets exposed calamitously during the latter half when the film’s veil of comedy drops; even Jonah Hill fails to make it all seem engaging. This likely explains the casting of Bradley Cooper, who, I’d guess, was paying off a debt. There can be no other reason for his deciding to play the role.