“War is an economy. Anyone who tells you otherwise is in on it or stupid,” David Packouz (Miles Teller)
A movie about twenty-something arms dealers, from the director of THE HANGOVER and ROAD TRIP, was always going to be closer to PROJECT X rather than LORD OF WAR. However, filmmaker Todd Phillips has surprised (a little) by going beyond his brand of energetic enjoyment, and actually delivering a (based on a true story) sardonic ride. Mawkishness and redemption are refreshingly absent. Is it more cynical to give a twee AMERICAN GANGSTER-CATCH ME IF YOU CAN ending about moral lessons learned, or to arguably reflect that few people actually end up changing?
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