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War Dogs

Posted in Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2017 by Mystery Man


“War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the 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.

What people are saying:

“As giant a leap forward for Todd Phillips as “The Big Short” was for Adam McKay. It’s not only the best movie of Summer 2016, it’s one of the year’s very best films. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill make a fantastic team, and Bradley Cooper totally kills in his glorified cameo. Belongs in a time capsule w/ “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short” so future generations can see what life was like in early 21st century America. So smart, sharp and tautly paced; even the song selections are inspired. ” 4 stars

“This movie is very fun, informative, enjoyable, eye opening and we’ll casted. I believe I watched this movie 3 times in a week with different people telling them they needed to see it. Definitely brought a light to Gun Running and not in a negative way.. They do paint a negative/good light on greed vs need.” 4 1/2 stars

“Instead of outrage or any sense of shock and surprise, all the film has on offer is mild entertainment. Given the company, that feels like a bit of a miss.” 1 1/2 stars

“Excellent performances from Hill and Teller as they take advantage of a government initiative to purchase excess arms. Movie explores the mysterious world of arms dealers through the cynical eyes of Hill and Teller. Cooper adds to the story as the shady middleman who ultimately brings down the scam. Lots of foul language and some tense violence so the R rating is deserve” 4 stars

“In some ways this movie resembles the great gangster flick ‘Goodfellas’ in that it is a confessional about a couple of guys who climb the ladder of criminal success and eventually get in over their heads. Of course, the film alludes to ‘Scarface’ and you can see the rags-to-riches connection to that classic as well. Note that both films have a strong ethnic dimension, one Irish and the other Cuban; here our anti-heroes are Florida Jews. Anyway, the plot is straightforward: two wise guys go into the arms-dealing business and get engaged in ever-larger, ever-more-dangerous deals while experiencing a variety of domestic, drug, contractual and character-related problems that eventually are their undoing. The main attraction to this film is the fantasy of scoring millions of dollars in an exciting, high-adrenaline way, visiting extremely dangerous locales and firing assault rifles for fun and profit, while driving expensive sports cars and living in ritzy beachfront digs. What red-blooded man wouldn’t like such a scenario?” 3 stars