War Dogs

(2016)

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Title:
War Dogs
Release Date:
18th August 2016
Runtime:
114 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Todd Phillips
Writers:
Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips
Languages:
English, Arabic, Albanian, Romanian
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

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.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 59%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 73%
IMDb Rating 7.3

Casts

David Packouz as Singer at Hilldale Home
Eddie Jemison as Hilldale Home Manager
Gregg Weiner as Massage Client
Miles Teller as David Packouz
Steve Lantz as Security Guard

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tjgoalie13 23rd August, 2016

Somewhat Funny, but Riddled with Clichés

War Dogs seems like a film with a ton of potential, because of the people involved in it, but lacks the spark to make it anything other than okay. The problem seems to be that the crew wanted to tell a true story and make the audience laugh but didn't fully understand, given the source material, how to do that. War Dogs is intermittently funny, but relies too much on cliches, and fails to pack any kind of a punch. If you're trying to figure out what kind of a movie this is, picture The Big Short with a slightly lesser known crew. War Dogs did have a lot going for it, namely the talents of Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, as well as the direction of Todd Phillips (The Hangover Trilogy.) Above that the trailers for this film looked fairly funny, but note that almost all of the genuinely funny parts of the movie are contained in the trailer. That being said the film often tries to take a more dramatic approach, and fails to ever generate a hilarious moment. That being said both Miles Teller and Jonah Hill's performances are great in this film. While Teller and Hill are great in this film it really feels too familiar, as if you've seen it before. That shouldn't be the case with a film about two men in their twenties running guns in the Iraq War. That being said it ends up making it's characters into cliches, and tells an overdone storyline about rags to riches idiots, and betrayal of best friends. It really is a shame because, as I mentioned before, this film could've been very original and interesting, but ends up being like most other films of today, more recycled than anything else. Above that the film fails, at what it ultimately wants to do, which is pack a punch. It seems self evident watching it, that the director and writers wanted to expose a scary problem in America, and at the same time generate a few laughs. In that sense it's a lot like The Big Short, however War Dogs fails to ever do what it strives to do. Where The Big Short was informational, funny, and in the end terrifyingly honest, War Dogs is not. This movie may have a moment or two, but seems to miss it's intended mark on both ends, in that it's not as funny as it'd like to be nor is it as damning. In the end War Dogs feels like more of an average film, which is disappointing because it had the potential to do everything wanted to. If you expect a great comedy, it's not really that, if you're expecting a great look at true and terrifying events that led to two young immature men running guns for America, it's not really that either. War Dogs is funny, well acted, and has a story to tell, but relies on cliches, stereotypes, and doesn't offer very much thought provoking material. This is a good film if you want a few chuckles but it doesn't supply a ton of laughs.

Reviewed by bivey0951 22nd August, 2016

Wait for HBO for this one

This is a tepid, funny at times, thriller about two criminals that attempt to defraud the US during war time. We get incredibly overweight Johah Hill back on the big screen playing a character of almost multiple personalities that has zero moral integrity. Miles Teller, who is trying to remain relevant in Hollywood, plays what seems to be a lesser evil person (and the somewhat moral compass of this story) but his character also agrees to defraud the US government. Hollywood seems taken with making movies about massive scum buckets (see Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, etc.) These two guys are certainly near the top of that list. Regardless of these characters lack of morals, the story is moderately interesting and has a few exciting scenes. If you stumble across it on HBO in the future and there is nothing else to see, it is worth a watch.

Reviewed by Phront 21st August, 2016

It's good. Better than

Right off the bat the best part of this movie is the acting: Teller and Hill have great chemistry on screen. Jonah does a particularly good job at playing the "guy you love to hate". I can't attest to the faithfulness of their portrayal of the real life people since I don't know anything about them. The rest of the cast does a great job as well. The marketing for this movie was, unfortunately, deceitful: the trailer made it out to be this upbeat, funny, over the top comedy - which it's not. In reality the movie has a much slower pace, not a lot of situational humor and is certainly not filled with hilarious quips (the bulk of which are in the trailer). This is not to say that the movie was bad or not at all funny, it just wasn't what I expected (and I am sure I'm not alone). My final critique will go unnoticed for the majority of viewers but I found it personally offensive so I have to report it: some of the movie takes place in Albania, only the set for Albania is actually Romania. Which is fine, I understand that they probably did this for practical reasons and as a Romanian movie goer I just have to accept it (we all recognized it immediately though). However, at some point in the movie an "Albanian" woman says something, only she says it in Romanian. This may not seem like much but it totally took me out of the movie and ruined the experience for me. I find it completely unacceptable that they could not hire an Albanian to say those few lines. The two languages might seem interchangeable to the rest of the world, I am sure, but that was very much NOT the case for me and everyone else in the theater. I am a paying movie goer as well and I expect to be just as entertained as everyone else. This is, of course, not the first time that I've seen this in a film. But when a producer does something like this it shows me that they don't respect their movie, so they can't expect me to. My rating, however, is not based on this final bit of criticism. I gave it a 7/10 for slow pacing and lack of humor, which is the opposite of what I expected. I'd still recommend it, just don't expect to be blown away.

Reviewed by boarpeti 19th August, 2016

Great!!!

I really liked this movie. The humor was quite right, I loved the characters, and the story was fine. The principal characters have a simple but enjoyable drama. In this year I have seen a quite good movie in this category, The Nice Guys was brilliant too. The Lord of War was clearly better but I also liked this. If you like the Nice Guys or the Lord of War this movie will be good for you. And my English is so bad, so I apologies for this. I need more 3 lines.... OH my god. I liked Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in this movie. I like how they are acting. I need two more line... SO just watch it. I hope this will be the last line...

Reviewed by subxerogravity 19th August, 2016

Seems like an odd pairing of Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a war pic, but real great pic.

Similar tone to Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, It was a lot more serious than what I expected after seeing the trailer. It's not the first time I've seen either Miles Teller or Jonah Hill in something more dramatic, I just may have assumed their first real outing together in a movie would be more of a straight up comedy. Semi based on a true story of two young guys from Miami who became arms dealers, Miles Teller narrates the story of how David Packouz teamed up with this best friend from the tenth grade, Efraim Diveroli and got in too over his head. I was expecting more comedy from the two rather than just two young stars being entertaining. The movie is not disappointing with the team of Teller and Hill. If you are a fan of either one of these guys you are going to love the film. Jonah Hill gives a performance that seem to be something between what he did in 21 Jump Street and the Wolf of Wall Street. The part just fits him so well as he plays a con man who tries to be everyone to everything on the outside but is really evil in the inside, and no matter how much you discover about his evil, Hill still makes the character likable. But the likability is more met for Miles Teller, who Hill is supporting with greatness. Teller plays the sympathetic role of a man whose lost in his life at a time when his girl is about to have a baby, and he needs the money. Director, Todd Phillips weaves a story about how people have profited from the war, and done bad things to profit from a bad war. It's almost like the Big Short, with it's explanation about how the arms game really works, but I always felt that the actual story was getting overshadow by the personalities of the two stars worthy of watching. But overall, It is a very funny film and very entertaining, thanks to the Hill, Teller combo http://cinemagardens.com