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War, Inc. (2008)
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:53:47 pm »

With a cast that includes John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hillary Duff, Ben Kingsley and Dan Aykroyd, I'd expect a great many things from War, Inc. Nothing could be further from the truth. The movie just isn't that good. With the exception of Joan, none of the characters are likable or even remotely interesting at all. Joan is basically playing the same character from Grosse Pointe Blank. But then again, it seems like she has her little niche role that she plays in all of John's movies. But it's still fun to watch her do her thing. As for the rest of the players involved, a couple of them are just downright annoying and weird. Referring to Hillary and Ben's role respectively.

This is definitely a Skip. There isn't anything entertaining about this one at all.
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Re: War, Inc. (2008)
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 06:54:10 pm »
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Re: War, Inc. (2008)
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 04:04:27 am »
I remember zero from this... Except, to never watch it again. That's the only thing that registered in my brain.
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Re: War, Inc. (2008)
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2013, 11:49:46 am »
The fact that this is about the Iraq war will make it age like a fish, too.  Sometimes political parody takes some time to get appreciated once there's some distance from the actual events, but I doubt that'll be the case with this movie.  I think that the idea of privatizing and merchandizing war, packaging and advertising it, all that sort of thing definitely needs to be addressed in fiction and in real life, and the right movie can bring all those issues to the forefront, but this movie isn't the one.  Probably because it's so intent on making that conversation happen.

You can compare that to maybe Django Unchained, which I don't know was trying to have everyone talk about race and violence but was more addressing the lack of these issues being portrayed in westerns of the time or of now.  So maybe if War Inc was more focused on being a war movie with those elements rather than a movie about those elements, it would have worked better.

 

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