Wee Reviews No 4
Every War Dog has it’s day.
A true life story, here seen as a crime war comedy, a man goes into business with an old school friend as an arms dealer and starting from small beginnings this career leads to a contract with the Pentagon and a terrorist.
War Dogs Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Miles Teller, Jonah Hill Movie HD, Movieclips Trailers, http://www.youtube.com and photos © Warner Bros. Pictures
One line which always gets my attention when watching a film or TV series is “Based on a true story”, War Dogs (2016) – a crime war comedy currently out in the cinemas – and tells how young weed smoking David Packouz (Miles Teller) meets old school friend, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) at a funeral and goes into business with him. Doesn’t sound too interesting you’ll think after seeing Packouz’s previous occupations – as a masseuse and trying to sell bed sheets to elderly retirement homes – until you find out he is joining the arms dealing business. This is seen as a necessity as his girl, Iz (Ana de Armas) has just announced her pregnancy. The film tells of his involvement with Diveroli and his company over a number of years. Their dealings include selling arms and ammunition to assist the US Troops in wars in Iraq to the Afghanistan, as they sell arms with a contract with the US Government. These initially self-confessed little leaguers then hit the bigger contracts cumulating with their most lucrative deal with the Pentagon and a banned American terrorist, Henry Girard.
The film was co-produced by Bradley Cooper who also stars as the terrorist is both scary yet amusing. The film also stars Kevin Pollak as Ralph Slutzky who has been roped in as an investor to this company. There is also a cameo from Packouz. The soundtrack is fantastic, and the film poster a parody of the film Scarface (1983) perhaps due to the character Diveroli’s interest in the film, so a nice comic note. It is interesting to see how the characters develop over this time, Diveroli in particular becomes from charismatic to manipulative and greedy. As the film progresses he is increasingly unhinged. At times Diveroli is seen as a frightening character especially after taking more hard drugs. Hill and the cast played these attributes to great effect.
Packouz initially appears to have no qualms about lying to his then pregnant girl, and more supportive with his friend. But once he tells Iz of his career she is initially shocked and upset, but then stays with him, apparently with the opulent lifestyle his career has to offer. This reminded me of the crime comedy film Buster (1988) with Britain’s National Treasure, Julie Walters and pop star sometimes, Phil Collins. This film was also based a true life crime story where in the film, initially Buster Edwards’ wife stuck by him as he moved to Acapulco with his ill-gotten gains from 1963’s Great Train Robbery.
On a closing note, Hill’s laugh really, really irritated me. I’m not sure if this was a fake laugh for the film, but when I do get round to watching DiCaprio and Hill in Wolf of Wall Street at least I’ll have DiCaprio to distract me from it. In fact now hearing Hill’s laughter in my head, makes me head to the DVD cabinet.
Weeper Rating: 😦 😦 😦 😦 /10
Handsqueeze Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 /10
Bonus Trailer: Yes, TV spot
War Dogs TV SPOT – Bottom Feeders (2016) – Bradley Cooper Movie, Movieclips Coming Soon, http://www.youtube.com