Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Monday 10th August 2020 - 08:49:23

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Movies > Comedy > War Dogs review

« Nescafe Dolce Gusto Eclipse reviewNescafe Dolce Gusto EclipseNerve reviewNerve »

Score: 8.8/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 7424 - War Dogs
Directed by Todd Phillips

War Dogs
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Roadshow (NZ) Ltd

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
December 2016

War Dogs product reviews

Two friends (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) in their early 20s, living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War, exploit a little-known government initiative that allows smaller businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and living the high life. But the two get in over their heads when they land a $300-million deal to arm the Afghan military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, including the U.S, government

Check out Roadshow (NZ) Ltd onlineClick here to see all the listings for Roadshow (NZ) Ltd Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel

afghan   black humour   comedy   dvd   iraq   jonah hill   miami   miles teller   pentagon   roadshow entertainment   todd phillips   true story   us military   war
Other listings you may be interested in:
Rating: 7.6
The Boat That RockedThe Boat That Rocked
Rating: 8.3
Moonrise KingdomMoonrise Kingdom
Rating: 10.0
Side EffectsSide Effects
Rating: 8.8
Pirates of the AirwavesPirates of the Airwaves
Rating: 8.8
Death ProofDeath Proof
Rating: 8.0
Transformers 2: Revenge of the FallenTransformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
Rating: 3.9
Rating: 10.0
Goodbye Christopher RobinGoodbye Christopher Robin
Rating: 10.0
Luis and the AliensLuis and the Aliens
Rating: 3.0
What Men WantWhat Men Want
Rating: 6.8
Rating: 8.0
Mary Queen of ScotsMary Queen of Scots
Rating: 7.8

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of savta

Review by: savta (Jo)
Dated: 23rd of December, 2016

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 8.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 9 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 9 out of 10
Laugh Factor:
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 8 out of 10

I was intrigued by the idea of this movie on two counts. First, it was billed as a black comedy - something that appeals to my sense of humour! Secondly, it was based on real events which seemed rather far-fetched, so I was keen to see how the director would translate this to the screen without turning it into an all-out spoof.

I thought the opening sequence was really effective. Initially it appeared to be setting the movie up to be a thriller, but very quickly it switched to voice-over, computer graphics, and cynical references to the "real meaning" of war - financial gain! From then on, the serious elements were tempered by humorous observations and a series of potentially lethal adventures which somehow bypassed either of the main protagonists being seriously injured.

I liked the choice of the two lead actors - physically they were quite different, and it was reassuring to see one of the main characters (Efraim Diveroli) played by someone who was not all abs and fake tan (Jonah Hill). It added to the realism that he looked like an everyday person rather than a male model. This is not always the case in buddy movies; often the casting director will choose people of different races to highlight their diversity, but invariably both of them are conventionally beautiful.

I found that the movie was drawn out in some places, particularly where there were long transitions between main events. For me, one of the characteristics of a comedy is that it is fast paced and holds your attention throughout. I would have preferred less analysis and more action. I watched the movie three times altogether but I still think it could have been 15 or 20 minutes shorter. At the same time, I did not think the female lead (Iz, played by Ana de Armas) was particularly important to the plot; she could have been left out altogether or her role expanded to be more relevant. I also thought the dialogue was uneven in places, and the continuous swearing would have been more effective if it had been less gratuitous.

I did like the soundtrack! I watched the film the first time through with three other people (one of whom had already seen it as he had his own copy) and the consensus was that the music was nicely matched to the action. Most of it was post 2000, but there was the occasional flashback to the last century with some grand opera and musical standards thrown into the mix. I even recognised Leonard Cohen accompanying the end credits!

I watched this film to be entertained, and that was certainly the case. The implausible plot, the amazing loopholes in military dealings which set themselves up to be satirised, and the generally high standard of acting from the entire cast, all made it a film worthy of watching. (I would also like to make special mention of the "Pentagon Pie" cartoon which is included on the DVD along with the movie; to my mind, this is funnier than the movie itself and certainly puts the whole system firmly into perspective.) War is a grim subject at the best of times but this is not a film that glorifies war; rather; it concentrates on the peripheral outcomes that it spawns - some reassuring, some disastrous, and some (as in the case of this film) guaranteed to make you wonder what the real gain might have been.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Movies'...

Score: 6.3
Product reviews for listing 513: The Village
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Product image for The Village'The Village' depicts the thrilling tale of an isolated town confronting the astonishing truth that lies just outside its borders.

At first glance, this village seems picture perfect, but this close-knit community lives with the frightening knowledge that creatures reside in the surrounding woods. The evil and foreboding force is so unnerving that none dare venture beyond the borders of the village and into the woods.

But ... more...

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?"

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream