War Dogs is based on true events and tells the story of Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David Packouz (Miles Teller). They are two young men who get into business together and start selling the United States Defense weapons and ammunition for the war. Their first big sale is to a commanding officer deep in Iraq and there is a hiccup. The guns they are supposed to be supplying were held up at the Jordan border, therefore forcing the two men to travel there and hand deliver the guns to the camp. After arriving and evading Iraqi gun men, they find out that they have delivered the guns directly to their buyer and through the “triangle of death” nonetheless. This starts a nice alliance between their “company” and the United States Army buyers. Eventually though, they want more and find an order that they’d like to fill.
Being such a big order, they must legitimize their company (which they falsify) to get the United States DOD to agree. They find a supplier (Bradley Cooper) that has a bunch of the ammunition that they are looking for in a warehouse in Eastern Europe. It’s not all easy though. David does most of the work with Efraim parties and has fun back in the states. Eventually, another hiccup happens that leaves them in a really big bind. The ammunition is Chinesse, and that is a no-go for the United States – an illegal purchase. Well, they are already deep into this deal and there’s no turning back. Making enemies along the way and eventually driving themselves into a hole, the two have some big decisions to make.
War Dogs wasn’t at all what I expected it to be. With Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as the leading actors, I was under the assumption that this would be another slapstick comedy that I wouldn’t not be amused by and would be loosely based on something that happened in the past. However, it wasn’t really that. Yes, there was some humor and some crude remarks and actions, but overall this film focused on their arms trading company and the relationship they had with each other. Both men had their own personalities, and it was evident that by the end of the film David would grow a conscience as to what they were doing that was illegal while Efraim would do anything to gain a buck, including throwing his “best friend” under the bus. I’m going to give this movie a “Liked It.”
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