Let’s do this properly, shall we. Bradley Cooper is the best actor in the film a mile and the humor never deviates too far either way, so you can appreciate the silliness of this WAR DOGS, which is amazingly based on a true story.
You’re are often left wandering how much of it is real and how much of it can be attributed to the creative license which filmmakers have taken.
Two arms dealers, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, bid for government contracts to supply weapons for the US Army in Afghanistan and Iraq. Efraim, played by Jonah Hill is loud, boisterous and charismatic. Mile’s Tellers Packouz is a more reserved, strategic and calculating. And he has to be. After all, he finds out early on that he will be a father soon.
Their escapades take them from Jordan into Iraq through the triangle of death to make their first million dollar delivery. From there, the opportunities for bigger contracts grow and so does their desire to fulfill them. Why? Because both men are living the high life now in Penthouse apartments, driving flash cars and acting like idiots.
That’s really all there is to this film. Bradley Cooper comes in later on as an international arms dealer looking to help the two men out with the huge contract they’ve bid for. Immediately, he steers the attention away from the great acting duo and doesn’t relinquish it. Todd Phillips decision to bring this character in worked so well because, by that point I couldn’t believe anything which was happening.
At some points, my frustration about the absurdity did boil over and small chunks towards the end got incredibly boring because you almost knew what was going to happen. When one event happened (and you’ll have to find out what it was), I could tell straight away what the impact was going to be.
Overall though, War Dogs is a good watch.