Written and directed by David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster (1996), The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012)) and based on a story by John Ridley (U Turn (1997) and 12 Years a Slave (2013)), this black war satire is loosely based on Kelly's Heroes, and it's a powerful and offbeat caper, and despite a well-documented nightmare of a production, it manages to be compelling and exciting all at once. March 1991, the First Gulf War in Iraq is over, Kuwait has been liberated. But a platoon of U.S. Soldiers have to pick up the pieces, and while Reserve Sergeant Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) are disarming Iraqi soldiers, they find a map which seemingly pinpoints the location of gold bullion stolen from Kuwait, hidden in one of Saddam Hussein's bunkers. Barlow sets off with Major Archie Gates (George Clooney). Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) and Private Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze) to search for the gold, which they plan to steal for themselves, and it seems to go along easily, but they soon get caught up with Iraqi prisoners, and then Troy ends up being captured. It manages to be grisly, but a few minutes later, laugh out loud funny, and it's not the sort of situation you would expect to find humour in either. However, Russell manages to get the best out of his cast, and it helped put him briefly on the map as a director to watch for, but his temper would nearly kill his career.