David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) are international arms dealers. Things are going smoothly as money begins to pour in. Soon their company ends up bidding on a pentagon contract worth 300 million dollars. Needless to say things go awry.
War Dogs is one of those movies that has a story that captivates you. Todd Philips directs this true story and he brings his visual flare and comedic brilliance behind the camera. A movie like this didn’t need a director like Phillips, a film like this isn’t in his wheelhouse. Sure enough he knocks it out of the park. His visuals are stellar. From Las Vegas to Albania, and all the way to Miami Beach, you never once think that you’re watching a movie.
As expected the performances are top notch. Miles Teller may not select the best projects, but this isn’t one of those cases. Packouz is the heart of this story. Down on his luck, dead end job, and at a terrible time in his life. Teller captures all these nuanced emotions throughout. Jonah Hill as you may have seen from the trailers, is the slime ball of this operation. Hill is at home in these types of roles. Based on true events, roles he can really sink his teeth into. Moneyball and Wolf of Wall Street are great performances of his, his work here may have trumped those. Hill embodies this businessman, that is all about the money while everything else comes second.
Bradley Cooper even pops in for a little. The trailers have him as a presence throughout the movie, when in reality he’s just there for the second half. No complaining from me, Cooper brings such a lift to this story at a point where it may have been getting too dreadful. His appearance meant that business was about to pick up. It sure did.
Some of the things that happen in the movie are a bit convenient. Just typical things in a movie that make you say oh come on. Other than that I can’t really see anything else that really is a glaring issue. Jonah Hill does a really annoying laugh throughout, once you hear it you’ll just know.
War Dogs is a well paced, directed, and acted film. The story is compelling and you can’t take your eyes off the screen. Clamoring for what happens next with this friendships, and that huge amount of money.