Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer. In a career spanning two decades of global turmoil, he has supplied kings, presidents and the odd dictator or two with the finest luxury armored vehicles that money can buy. In his world, where security is a commodity that can be bought and sold, violence is to sales as the weather is to wheat futures.
Always with an on eye on growth opportunities, Fidelis found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq: it wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand car war where security would become the ultimate product.
But come 2004, and the threat of armor defeating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), he quickly found himself engaged in a pathological arms race with insurgents who upped their explosive ante to defeat his increasingly higher (and more expensive) levels of armor. In war, as in life, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a doc film that follows a German salesman for bulletproofed passenger vehicles. It's possible the filmakers are leftwingers who intended this to be an expose of war profiteers - but it doesn't come across that way at all. This is simply a businessman earning a living selling protective vehicles; he has a life much like other salesguys around the world, whether of fiber optics or food processing equipment or aircraft or asphalt, whatever. And as he says here - he didn't start the wars, but merely sells defensive gear. Nothing controversial really. He has some interesting things to say about the art of international sales and marketing.
A bit boring in fact. What seemed most interesting about the film are the glimpses of everyday life in Baghdad and Kabul as he goes about his business, daily life in a dangerous part of the world.