Based on the true story of two twenty-something arms dealers, Miles Teller and Jonah hill star in "War Dogs," as the Miami pair win a lucrative government contract to supply weaponry to troops in Afghanistan.
- What's it about? -
Friends since high school and both looking for a bit of business, Efraim brings David on board his industry-disrupting arms dealership.
Not long after, they've landed a $300m 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.
- Who's in it? -
Jonah Hill (Diveroli) 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, Miles Teller (Packouz) established himself with "The Spectacular Now", "Whiplash", the ongoing "Divergent" franchise, while "21 & 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.")
- Who's behind it? -
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 & 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."
- Is it any good? -
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.
- When's it out? -
An August 19 opening in the US and Canada (plus India, Sweden, and several Eastern European countries) is preceded by debuts a day earlier in Brazil, the Netherlands, Israel, Russia and more.
The week of August 24 sees "War Dogs" arrive in the UK, Argentina, and the Philippines, opening in Singapore on September 1, in France on September 14, Hong Kong September 15, and Germany September 29.
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