War Dogs (2016)
War Dogs is the true story of everyday guys Efraim (Jonah Hill) and David (Miles Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War in the late 2000s. These 2 men started a business on exploiting online government military contracts and making a profit off “the crumbs” as they called it. What they did was legal, but how they did it wasn’t. This is their story.
I don’t typically enjoy modern war movies, but the comedic aspect of this movie is what made the difference for me. The story is interesting and intriguing, but I often found myself thinking “is this all there was to it?” That isn’t to say the story isn’t gripping or engaging, but the story is simple for what it is. These guys are gun runners and they fill contracts. That’s it. It ends up being 1 contract that is their downfall and egos play a big role, but the overall idea of the movie is simple and easy to follow. At times that was bad, but on the other hand, simplicity for these kinds of movies is what makes them watchable.
If it wasn’t for Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, this movie would be forgettable, but these guys have so much chemistry that they carry the film with ease. They turn a story that many wouldn’t care about into something not only interesting, but gripping. Now don’t get me wrong, the suspense here isn’t high, but there is definitely tension and things that happen to keep your eyes glued on the screen. When it is all said and done, War Dogs is a pretty good and interesting movie with great leads! I’m not sure how much of the true story is actually true, but knowing this is a real story makes it that much more watchable. Thumbs up from me and it offers one of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time! “We drive through all triangles… including your moms.” Co-starring Kevin Pollack, Bradley Cooper, Ana de Armes, and Shaun Toub.
7/10 Stars – Might not be the most involved war story, but Jonah Hill and Miles Teller’s chemistry makes this movie interesting and fresh.