Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.
Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs. Warner Bros Pictures

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

IT'S the early 2000s and the Iraq War is (we are sad to say) a booming market that had just been opened by the Bush administration so everyone could get a bit of the murderous pie of arms dealing.

In a twist of events that embarrassed the US Government, two Jewish men in their 20s became major weapons contractors for the US Department of Defense.

The company the pair created went on to achieve and close more than US$200 million in contracts to supply ammunition, assault rifles, and other weapons in 2007.

As a result of the publicity surrounding the contract, the United States Army began a review of its contracting procedures.

This is a film about that story, and despite it's been told with a lot of comedy, it's a drama and critique of bureaucracy, the arms industry and war mongers on many levels.

The films starts by explaining how two friends (David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli) from Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on US Military contracts.

Starting small, they begin raking in big money and living the high life.

But the pair get in over their heads when they land a US$300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military, a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the US Government.

Based on true events, this film is one of the most solid film releases to come out of Hollywood this year, and it's a positive surprise for a number of reasons:

It's surprisingly good because it's not a prequel, sequel or spin off from anything else. This film is based on a magazine article turned best-selling book Arms and the Dudes (2015).

It's also a surprisingly good film because it does not glorify war, and it shows the personal struggles associated with this kind of trade.

War Dogs

Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz.

Director: Todd Phillips

Rating: M

Verdict: 4/5 stars

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