Based on the true story of two twentysomething arms dealers, Miles Teller and Jonah Hill star in War Dogs, as the pair win a lucrative government contract to supply weaponry to troops in Afghanistan.
Friends since high school and both looking for a bit of business, Efraim Diveroli (Hill) brings David Packouz (Teller) on board his industry-disrupting arms dealership. Not long after, they’ve landed a US$300mil deal with the US government, sending them around the world on a mission to fulfill get things done by any means possible.
Offering the US a supply contract too good to be true, the pair have to outwit military officials and outrun militias as they attempt to make some serious money.
Hill might have started out in comedy films like Knocked Up and Superbad, but has proven his dramatic ability with Moneyball and latterly The Wolf Of Wall Street, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
Conversely, Teller established himself with The Spectacular Now, Whiplash, the ongoing Divergent franchise, while 21 And Over, That Awkward Moment and Get A Job provided lighter material. His next film, Bleed It Out, is also highly anticipated.
Also prominent among the War Dogs cast are Ana de Armas (Hands Of Stone), J. B. Blanc (children’s TV series Peter Rabbit) and Bradley Cooper (American Hustle).
Director Todd Phillips co-wrote War Dogs, adapting it from Guy Lawson’s original article for Rolling Stone, having done double duty on 10 of his 14 previous movies, including Old School, Starsky And Hutch, and the second and third Hangover films (which co-starred Cooper). Phillips also produced one of Teller’s early breakthroughs, house party flick Project X.
Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes pegs the R-rated War Dogs with a 62% approval rating derived from an average review score of 6/10, though its pick of top critics were slightly less enthusiastic (59%, 5.9/10).
But Metacritic ‘s spread of scores, from 18% (“vacuous, ugly, unfunny” – Consequence Of Sound) to 90% (“nimble, gripping, and terrific” – Variety), illustrates the wide breadth of opinion provoked by War Dogs; on IMDb, 350 early scores from users combine for a 7.3/10 rating. – AFP Relaxnews