Miles Teller is a down on his luck 20 something in the mid-2000s, his luck changes when in gets involved in the business dealings of his old school friend (Jonah Hill), they end up making money taking small government contracts for weapons and the like but then they start approaching bigger government contracts and run into a spot of trouble.
War Dogs could be a companion piece to Pain & Gain, both based on true stories of unlikable people doing horrible things for selfish reasons but presented in a bright an colourful manner (blame Miami) and with a few joke thrown in.
War Dogs has obviously been influenced by Scarface and other stories featuring corrupt versions of the American Dream, which is successfully manages to pull off but doesn’t make the characters remotely likable enough to want to get away with their dodgy dealing nor does it make them villainous enough to want their downfall.
The ‘crossing Iraq with a truck full of guns’ scene is a highlight, its funny, tense and they are actually involved in arms dealing they are making money from. Jonah Hill also continues to impress with his dramatic rather than comedic roles, continuing from his roles in Moneyball and Wolf Of Wall Street.
The problem with War Dogs is that the lead characters don’t really get their appropriate comeuppance. Everything else in the movie we have kind of seen before.