A based on a true story tale of gun running, spread over a number of years with fourth wall breaking narration and a sense of inevitable Greek tragedy about the whole thing?
Thanks, but I kinda stopped doing retro reviews a while ago.
Your not talking about the 2005 film that Amnesty International (yes, THAT Amnesty International) helped with and starred Nicholas Cage on one of his acting days?
Ok, so this film stars a very good if slightly over the top performance from the always watchable Jonah Hill who stars alongside… oh, you have got to be kidding me?
Miles Teller!?!? He’s still getting work after Fan4stic? How? Does he have the same dark wizard/ Sith lord agent as Jai Courtney? Look, I know Whiplash has given him some credit with other critics but to me he always looks dazed, confused and with less charisma and presence than Styrofoam on dry crackers.
Rant over, let us now turn our attention to War Dogs in which our main characters become quasi-legal gun-runners, survive a bemused looking Bradley Cooper (who helped to produce the film) and we get to watch Miles Teller be acted off screen by his girlfriend (a horrifically wasted Ana De Armas), a a baby, a truck, a lamp… all whilst engaging on a futile quest to find a piece of scenery left un-chewed by Hill.
Sadly, despite being based on a true story, the bits that work best on film (and suspiciously the same bits that featured heavily in the trailers) didn’t happen and the bits that did happen are sadly the bits where our one and a half leads are sat in an office staring at computer screens or making phone calls.
As a cautionary tale it doesn’t really work and if it wasn’t based off of a true story I’d say it was cliched and predictable with slightly too much telling and not enough showing.It also feels like it would work better as a TV series somehow.
It’s moments of largesse feel tame and limited by a budget of a mere 40 million dollars.
It’s not a bad film, but at the end of the day would you rather spend 2 hours with Miles Teller of Nicholas Cage?
My Score- If Nothing Else