Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
Itís such a familiar yet surprising departure from Todd Phillips previous works, to deliver a film the quality of War Dogs that could very easily be the stepbrother of 2013ís The Wolf of Wall Street - itís arms dealing Armenian brother of course. With an overall story that whilst instantly familiar covers a lot of aspects from the American dream gone wild, to the realisation of how much can you truly know someone?
Likewise Jonah Hill, whilst playing a supporting role in The Wolf of Wall Street completely shines in War Dogs as Efraim, with one of the finest performances of his young career. Offering a character that verges on sociopathic and slightly off-kilter, whilst able to bring a smile to your face in the next scene, Jonah truly steals the show and heís on quite the run lately. Miles Teller on the other hand is fairly formulaic, whilst not bad, doesnít offer a character - and that is partly down to the script - that you really care about in War Dogs eventual conclusion, and much like Jordan Belfort in the aforementioned film, it feels far more of a karmic comeuppance for the pair than true enlightenment within the character's arc.
But the witty script within War Dogs constantly keeps you on the toes and will have you mouth agape at the ďthis truly canít be based upon fact, can it?Ē situations the pair find themselves in, never dragging and managing to keep everything upbeat and swiftly moving along that aims to be quality entertainment and wholly succeeds at it.
If it wasnít for the such shared similarities in both characterization and cast with The Wolf of Wall Street, then I truly believe War Dogs would be on the receiving end of even further praise and being heralded a trailblazer. Alas thatís not the case, and as it stands War Dogs by itself is definitely worth a watch, a film that whilst treads known ground has been executed flawlessly - not to mention includes fantastic cameo performance from Bradley Cooper that is sure to put you off visiting Albania for life - boasting very few if any, negative niggles.
The home entertainment release of War Dogs is marred by a distinct lack of special features, but thankfully the film itself more than makes up for it.
- 4 Out of 5 Stars
Lack of special features
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Pain & Gain
No, contains many scenes of drug abuse, violence and intense situations.
The real Efraim Diveroli declined to meet with actor Jonah Hill who portrays him.
Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf were previously in talks to star in the two roles.
The whole action placed in Albania was actually held in Romania, even the language of the workers at the warehouse is Romanian.
The real Efraim Diveroli filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., director Todd Phillips, producer Bradley Cooper, and others, seeking to block release of the film. Diveroli's suit against Warner Bros. claimed that the basis for the film was taken from his self-published memoir Once A Gun Runner.