With such a ludicrous plot line it’s hard to believe that War Dogs is based on true events, throughout the film this is something that is easy to forget. Childhood friends David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), are two twentysomething Americans who manage to land a $300 million deal supplying arms to Afghan military forces.
Having started their own small arms company they are quickly onto a financial win that could solve their seemingly, rather petty, life woes. Before long however, they are quickly in way over their heads; highlighting the true danger of the business.
Todd Phillips has paid exceptional attention to detail adding a strong sense of humour to a ridiculous situation that really has us laughing in the face of violence. If nothing else this film is funny, focusing on the side of war that is never discussed, but ultimately it highlights that like most things, war is just a business deal with opposing sides doing anything for money.
Released nationwide 26 August 2016