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War Dogs (2016) Review

Updated on September 16, 2017

The Triangle of Death...

Before David (Miles Teller) reunites with his high school buddy Efraim (Jonah Hill) at a funeral, life was simple but not exactly satisfying. David is a massage therapist and bed linen seller to the elderly, and while not exactly reaping in the money he has a beautiful partner Iz (Ana de Armas) who has just informed him that they're going to be parents. David starts to feel the pressure and is concerned about his ability to provide for his about to be plus 1 family.

Enter Efraim, the high school buddy who is doing extremely well and convinces David to partner up with him and silent partner Ralph Slutsky (Kevin Pollak) dealing arms to the highest bidders..

Things are going well, money is rolling in and the boys start living it up. David can now afford a nice house with all the trimmings to live comfortably for his new born baby girl and family. However all good things never last, and the boys get in way over their heads when they are offered a 300 million contract to arm the Afghan military, dealing with some heavies from Albania (where the bullets are being repackaged) and even closer to home...

I found "War Dogs" which is a true story to be an entertaining ride. It is well made and in parts very funny, thanks mainly to Jonah Hill's Efraim. When David sees a dead body on a gun-run in Iraq through the triangle of death, Efraim explains "We're in a war zone bro, there's dead bodies, relax".. the characters are likeable and of course being young and a tad naive real.. that the viewer can really identify with. Bradley Cooper has a small role but vital one as a shady dealer on the US watchlist. The film also boasts a pretty cool rock soundtrack featuring the likes of the Beastie Boys, House of Pain, Aerosmith, Iggy Pop, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Wolfmother and Pink Floyd.

Director - Todd Phillips

Cast - Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Kevin Pollak, Bradley Cooper.

114 mins

7/10

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