It’s ironic that my last movie review was Jason Bourne, a fictional story that made the U.S. government look so high-tech and completely hardcore, and now I’m talking about War Dogs, a movie that’s actually based on a true story and paints a MUCH less impressive, but no doubt more realistic, look at our U.S. government and the circus that goes on behind the curtains.
Do you know anything about this real-life story? It’s stranger than fiction.
Two 20-something guys, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David Packouz (Miles Teller) weasel their way into scoring some government contracts to supply our troops with arms overseas by being bottom feeders on an open-bidding government website. One thing leads to another and soon enough they land the big fish—a $300 million contract from the government to arm the U.S. allies in Afghanistan.
The rest of the movie is watching two guys who have no business even valeting your car, try to piece together a $300 million deal and get it shipped to the Middle East.
I couldn’t decide if this was a horror movie (OMG, is this really based on a true story? YIKES.) or a comedy. As alarming as the story was, Jonah Hill had me laughing throughout the whole thing. And if you’ve seen Whiplash, you know Miles Teller can really hold his own on the big screen. Oh, and bonus, Bradley Cooper is in it which never hurts anything.
It’s the most bizarre history lesson you’ll get this month. Go see it. A strong 4 out of 5 popcorns.
War Dogs opens today (Aug. 19) is rated R and runs 1 hr and 54 minutes.