Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Movie review: War Dogs

Based on a true story, two Miami friends exploit a government contracts initiative encouraging bids from small businesses and become arms dealers. But the pair is out of their league when they win a $300 million contract to arm the Afghan Military and find even the U.S. Government can't be trusted.

Miles Teller (David Packouz), Jonah Hill (Efraim Diveroli), Bradley Cooper (Henry), Kevin Pollak (Ralph Slutsky), JB Blanc (Bashkim), David Packouz (Hilldale singer), Julian Sergi (Rosen), Daniel Berson (Rabbi), Ana de Armas (Iz).

War Dogs begins with a brief look at the boys lives out of high school as they lose touch, and a couple of years later when they become reacquainted. The two quickly realize they enjoy working together and have the energy to make some money. The story is amazing because it is true, and because it is a glimpse inside a world many never see. The film builds suspense well, includes some enjoyable mild action, and moves along at a nice pace.

Acting was good with Teller and Hill once again working well together and delivering nicely. Hill was particularly good in his somewhat quirky, yet controlling, role. Cooper was solid as always, as was Pollak in more subtle role. Armas was enjoyable, as was the remainder of the supporting cast including the real Packouz.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with a solid, realistic feel and good attention to detail. Action scenes were well done and fitting. Dialogue had nice depth and focused nicely on the story with minimal distraction. Sound and soundtrack were good.

War Dogs is a story based on real life that is funny, amazing, and quite entertaining. Fans of crime drama or mild comedy should enjoy this one. Those looking for a larger than life action flick should pass on this one.

With some mild sexuality and nudity, foul language, and mild violence, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 4.8.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime, Crime Drama, Comedy, Drama, True Story films

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