War, Inc. 2008 R CC

(212) IMDb 5.7/10
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In an effort to monopolize the opportunities a war-torn nation offers, a corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit.

Starring:
John Cusack, Hilary Duff
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action, Comedy
Director Joshua Seftel
Starring John Cusack, Hilary Duff
Supporting actors Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Sergej Trifunovic, Ned Bellamy, John McLaughlin, Montel Williams, Ben Kingsley, Lyubomir Neikov, Nikolay Stanoev, George Zlatarev, Bashar Rahal, Velislav Pavlov, Zahary Baharov, Doug Dearth, Bill Cusack, Ben Cross, Mark Roper
Studio First Look
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Mandrew on December 31, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved it. Take John Cusack, add 1 part Brazil and pour over Starship Troopers, and you've got a hilariously bizaare commentary on geopolitics and the industrial war machine.

Its dark, and I mean, almost navy. Its only downfall is its heaviness, and sometimes it and the metaphors are jammed down your throat a little too often, but the ensemble cast is actually phenomenal, with Ben Kingsley and even Hillary Duff doing a great job (I can't believe I typed that).

You will laugh, if you have a dark sense of humor and like smart comedy. This movie is very timely, with the rise of the military farming out their work to private security (who are portrayed to be the craziest of all the crazies in the movie). Its small wonder it tanked in the box office, but if you have a proclivity towards movies like Dr. Strangelove, you'll find this to be one of the better movies you watched this year.
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 20, 2008
Format: DVD
I almost skipped this one as a political annoyance until I saw the star power supporting it: Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei (a personal favorite), John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and more. That cast simply won't let a movie be bad. They couldn't if they tried.

Despite an apparent attempt to be ordinary entertainment, this one rises above all the usual categories. Do you want a cynical mockumentary of Haliburton-style war profiteering? Got it. Do you want pointed jabs at operations funded by Congress's "black budget?" Check. Do you want satirical assaults on simplistic sloganeering from every possible direction? It's there. Add in a babe like a pre-meltdown Britney but with hotter hotpants and a bucket of slapstick, and you're headed in the right direction. For example, a major character's name is "Uckmee Fay." Speakers of pig-Latin, please take note.

They set the tone from the very first scene. Chevy Chase delivers a "Mission Impossible" style of assignment to a high-class assassin, via video, while seated on American Standard's finest. Later, Joan Cusack shows up in the role that she has perfected - the prim, cheery, and murderous psychopath. There's a lot more, too. I laughed all through, even (maybe especially) when I knew that outrage would have been the "appropriate" response.

This one really grows on me the more I think about it. It doesn't whap you upside the head with humor, politics, or even its sappy moments. Instead, it tickles you with not-quite-too-much of social commentary, current events, goofy jokes, visual gags, and enough more to hold it all together. I liked it more a few hours later than when I walked out the door, and lots of movies have the opposite effect on me.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the theatrical release

PS: See it some time soon. The topical humor in this one might age badly unless the The Powers That Be keep providing background to preserve its freshness.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2008
Format: DVD
Most people will NOT enjoy this movie, but a select few will find it provocatively funny. War, Inc. is an almost surreal blend of Dr. Strangelove, Grosse Point Blank, Fargo, Apocalypse Now, and a cerebral National Lampoon movie (if such a contradiction in terms were possible... imagine Animal House Goes to Iraq). Don't bother if you're annoyed by convoluted subplots backfilled by indiscriminate flashback scenes, or looking for a good laugh in a light romantic comedy.

Despite an all-star cast (John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff, Joan Cusack, Ben Kingsley and Dan Akroyd), War, Inc. will fall flat for most people. Set in a fictional third-world Islamic country, this satire of the American military-industrial complex is a blatant backdrop for further jabs at the Cheney/Halliburton/Blackwater junta. John Cusack's ability to write some of the cleverest dialogue in modern cinema allows his character to be interesting and sometimes brilliant, (especially when interacting with Marisa Tomei and Hilary Duff). Good acting and interesting dialogue will not be enough for the average viewer to enjoy this film. Offensively hilarious scenes (a chorus line of local war amputees on prosthetic legs) will either leave the viewer rolling on the floor or slack-jawed in revulsion.

There's something reminiscent in War, Inc. of the failed 1983 film, Deal of the Century, another satire of the military industrial complex with a great cast (Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver and Gregory Hines).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Browne on January 19, 2011
Format: DVD
At the recommendation of a friend I rented this movie. If I had fast forwarded to 2 or 3 enjoyable scenes and then returned it I would have enjoyed it. Instead I actually watched the whole thing. The movie attempts to be a satire of US involvement in Iraq, Halliburton and the whole Military Industrial Complex. As a satire it will not give Jonathan Swift any competition. Its so broadly overdone as to be a satire of itself. It portrays a completely privitized military, reporters whose stories are based upon virtual reality rides, an inane and completely pointless subplot involving John Cusack, his boss and one of the other stars, what appear to be mental patients wandering through a free fire zone and similar bizaare scenes. If you are of the left wing persuasion (actually the more extreme left wing) you'll enjoy it. Otherwise you'll likely find it an utter waste of time. Oh btw the enjoyable scenes?? The truly excellent hand to hand combat scene in the mansion, Hillary Duff (referred to by another Amazon quite accurately as looking like a pre-meltdown Brittney Spears) strutting around a sound stage and one or two others I can't recall.
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