RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 114 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION TODD PHILLIPS SCREENPLAY STEPHEN CHIN, TODD PHILLIPS, JASON SMILOVIC STARRING MILES TELLER, JONAH HILL, ANA DE ARMAS, J. B. BLANC, BRADLEY COOPER, BARRY LIVINGSTON, KEVIN POLLAK, EDDIE JEMISON, DAVID PACKOUZ, PATRICK ST. ESPRIT, WALLACE LANGHAM MUSIC CLIFF MARTINEZ
Wardogs is the true story of David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) who became rich as arms dealers during the second Gulf War in Iraq.
This film is very simple and straight forward bio pic material. We have our two main protagonists, with the story being told from the perspective of Dave (Miles Teller) who is the more usual guy we can identify with. He just wants to change up his life because he feels stuck being a masseur for rich people and believes has more potential in him.
The other guy Efraim (Jonah Hill) is the more eccentric of the two and in a sense the mentor because he already knows how to run a business succesfully. What makes their dynamic so interesting is that they are best friends from high school, but meet up again after a long time of not hearing from each other. So the necessary chemistry between the two is already established (and believe me, the chemistry between the two actors is incredible).
I would say this is a buddy cop movie in bio pic form, minus the cop part. It’s very funny and could go through as a comedy, if it wasn’t for some drama towards the end and the seriousness of the topic. It also reminds me a little bit of Scarface, but more funny. Maybe it’s because the film is being referenced a lot.
The part that intrigued me the most was the topic of the film and how the guys got so rich. It seems like dealing with arms privately back then was really a thing, even among the Americans. You may think, no, the American army is supplied by the government and everything is governmentally regulated. As far as I understand that is, or used to be a hoax. It’s a business like anything else and if you are the smart guy in the room, you will take advantage of it to become a rich mothereffer in return. It’s really that simple!
Bradley Cooper is also in the movie, surprise! But his role is quite small, but pretty fun. It’s interesting. Bradley Cooper is making it a thing to pop up in movies here and there without being featured in any promotional material. Suddenly these movies feel legitimized. Same here. But as I said, his role is small. It’s definitely the show of Miles Teller and Jonah Hill. Especially Jonah Hill kills it. He is so goddamn funny! Imagine your best buddy from college. The one who never studied, but was drinking, taking drugs and partying all the time, and still somehow managed to get through school with pretty good grades. That’s what he is essentially. His body size actually makes it funnier because he obviously is not the womanizer type of guy. But he has such charisma and straight way of talking, that you can’t help but applaud him for his outrageousness and courage. Also, his laugh is the best!
War dogs is a biopic dramedy (drama + comedy) with great acting and an intriguing topic. If you like movies such as The Wolf of Wallstreet and buddy cop films, this is for you!