Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War 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. Based on true events.
These Dogs have serious bite.
War Dogs is both a comedy and a drama about war and is probably best described as a blend of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Lord of War (2005). Funny and dark and just crazy enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing throughout. Add in a little slice of Michael Moore documentary style and War Dogs is what you get.
Jonah hill is engaging and eccentric as Efraim Diveroli and his dry one liners light up the seriousness of situations without defusing them. His wackiness is balanced out by the steady Miles Teller (Whiplash) who plays the role of his best friend and somewhat naive partner. The chemistry between the two bubbles along and as a result you are seamlessly drawn into their world and and left secretly hoping they can pull off the biggest arms deal of their lives.
In support are Cuban actress Ana De Armas (Hands of Stone) who does a fine job with the limited scenes she was given here. Her star is on the rise and she is definitely one to watch out for. In addition the reliable Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men) and the fleeting Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) add some extra box office to a film that co-writer and Director Todd Phillips (Hangover) can be proud of.
The fact that this is a true story only adds further confusion to the already murky world of American government and military contracting. You may have a few questions as the credits roll.
The VerdictI enjoyed this film and Jonah Hill’s performance, so do not let sleeping dogs lie and get yourself off to the cinema asap. You will not be disappointed.
Releases: 18th August 2016
Rating: R16 - Contains Violence, offensive language & drug use
Duration: 114 minutes
Genre: Comedy Action
Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz
Director: Todd Phillips (The Hangover 1,2 & 3)
The real Efraim Diveroli declined to meet with Jonah Hill. Hill said "I'm used to it. If a person is aggressively against me playing them, it's probably a good sign."
Jonah Hill has rumoured to have gained a significant amount of weight for this role.
Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf were previously in talks to star.
The poster design is a parody of the iconic poster for Brian De Palma's crime epic Scarface (1983).
Used the secret name AK-47 during production in Miami
Originally titled "Arms and the Dudes."
In this movie, a "war dog" is someone who makes money off of war without setting foot on the battlefield. The real definition of a war dog is someone, such as a politician, who is eager to encourage a group of people or a nation to go to war.
Todd Phillips's first non-Hangover film since Due Date (2010).