War Dogs is loosely based on the true story of two “friends”, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David Packouz (Miles Teller), who fall into trafficking arms. The later of which is persuaded into the situation from the news of him becoming a father. The madness ensues from there, down a deep dark hole of mis-judged decisions and information.
At times, War Dogs feels like it’s on some heavy steroids but that simply reiterates the out-of-proportion situations that allegedly happened. Both the lead performances play extremely well off each other, however it does paint the picture of the “good” and “bad” characters in the relationship which is questionable given the circumstances of their business, but I guess that’s the liberties that must be taken to fit this enormous story into a run-time under two hours, of which flies by as it is!
It’s an enjoyable journey that rarely gives time to take a breath and digest the seriousness of the situations unfolding, amidst this though Todd Phillips manages to inject enough dark humour to not tip the balance into a comedy title.
The physical release unfortunately doesn’t offer much in the way of special features, an audio commentary would of been extremely appreciated on this specific film. What does lay forth are three short featurettes, the one which delves into the factual aspect is the most rewarding and offers a context to what unfolded in real-life.
An Adventure To Behold
War Dogs is a marvel to watch and the 1hr54m running time goes like a breeze. Jonah Hill does his thing while Miles Teller offers a surprisingly engaging performance in which you learn to emphasise with a global arms dealer. The physical release lacks in special features, although there are some featurettes that deepen the context and true-story aspect.