Wow! What a bizarre film! Unfortunately the few funny moments there were were quite overshadowed by it's completely weird and random vibe throughout.
A story that's too fascinating to pass by...
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
I realize some parts were supposed to be funny but the portrail of Albania was insulting. And if you film this in Romania and try to pass it as Albania, do a better job of it. At least try! You could not show recognizable buildings or licence plates. And I was offended by the fact that the only time someone spoke 'Albanian' (the woman looking for her husband) it was in fact Romanian. Make the minimum effort to have someone speak Albanian and do not offend other countries by your laziness.
War Dogs does its job of presenting its pretty unbelievable story in a pleasing time passing manner.With a stronger script and direction it could well have been a really good film. It just misses out, and I can't help feeling a decent script doctor could have worked wonders.It will keep you entertained, so it's well worth a watch, but you'll probably think "why did they think that was a good idea" a few too many times to elevate it above mediocre but worth watching status.
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning In the summer of 2005, David Packouz (Miles Teller) makes a living on Miami Beach, giving back massages to wealthy clients for peanuts. Then, at a family funeral, he crosses paths with Efram (Jonah Hill), a brash young guy of about the same age, whose made a killing by making online arms deals of depleted army stock that the US government no longer needs, and wants to bring him in on the deal. But as the boys delve deeper into this murky world, the risks get greater and everything conspires to fall apart around them.When it comes to war, and the politics and motivations behind it, we're living in a far more cynical, acutely self aware age, where people are no longer falling for the jingoistic, stirring rhetoric used to whip up support for it, and can see beneath the surface of what it's about just fine. And so a different type of film emerges, in the shape of War Dogs, where our heroes aren't rounded, noble figures, but shady, arrogant ba$tards who are really operating behind the scenes. Sadly, despite the potential, the film isn't the soaring hit it should have been.Director Todd Phillips seems to have a background in mainstream comedy films, including The Hangover series, and while this is billed as a comedy itself, the darker tone and more uneasy subject matter make it harder to see in this way. Performances wise, Hill has never played his obnoxious American arsehole act to such great effect, making his Wolf of Wall Street character practically Paddington Bear, whilst Teller provides fine support as the slightly more restrained other guy. There is a neat sense of style, savvy Goodfellas style narration and some cool dramatic moments, but none of it comes off in quite as coherent and satisfying a manner as one would have hoped.If you want a film with a morally conflicted protagonist making a killing during war time, Lord of War with Nicolas Cage (which, ironically, was released in the year the film is set) is a more satisfying option. **
War Dogs is not exactly an amazing film, but it is definitely entertaining, cool, and attention-grabbing. Jonah Hill's a likable guy - even as an unscrupulous, talky protagonist, you can't quite hate him. He's a "trustworthy" guy as he says so himself in the film. Not only do they let him into other people's hotel rooms, but they bring him room service. That's one thing that's stayed with me after viewing the movie. Another thing I liked was the music choices. Some great songs grace the soundtrack of the film, for example Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here". The movie is funny, dramatic, and genuinely interesting. I particularly liked the scene where Efraim and David are passing through Fallujah with a Middle-Eastern man they call "Marlboro". I like the other tense scenes of the film too - particularly when David visits Efraim in the office place after a stint in Albania. There was one thing I didn't really like about the movie, however, and that was how Iz's character was relegated to the part of the worried wife and mother of David's child. The filmmakers may as well not have featured her in the film at all.One thing I kept thinking about during the film was how much this movie is like "Goodfellas", though not as good and different plot- wise. Just a random thought. I'd say the film is worth watching. If not for the intriguing story inspired by true events, then for the acting talents of the two young stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.