War, Inc. (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

War, Inc. (2008)



Critic Consensus: War, Inc. attempts to satirize the military industrial complex, but more often than not it misses its target.

Movie Info

An assassin posing as a trade-show producer fixes his crosshairs on a Middle Eastern oil minister while maintaining his cover by organizing a high-profile wedding in this satirical action comedy starring John Cusack, Hilary Duff, and Marisa Tomei. A private American corporation run by a former U.S. vice president (Dan Aykroyd) is occupying the war-torn nation of Turaqistan, but a powerful Middle Eastern oil minister is preventing them from taking total advantage of the situation. In order to gain a monopoly on the lucrative opportunities that Turaqistan has to offer, the CEO of the corporation hires an evenhanded hitman named Hauser (Cusack) to take the oil minister out of the picture. Now, in order to carry out the contract without a hitch, Hauser will pose as the corporation's trade-show producer. The stakes are high and the potential for disaster is evident, though if Hauser can successfully organize the wedding of Central Asian pop-star Yonica Babyyeah (Duff), he's got a good chance of pulling it off. But sexy and resourceful left-wing reporter Natalie Hegalhuzen (Tomei) is determined to uncover the truth about what's happening in Turaqistan, and the moment she does, this carefully constructed scheme will crumble like a house of cards. Joshua Seftel directs a screenplay co-written by Mark Leyner, Jeremy Pikser, and producer/star John Cusack. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence, language and brief sexual material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Leyner, John Cusack, Jeremy Pikser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2008
Box Office: $0.5M
First Look Pictures - Official Site


Hilary Duff
as Yonica Babyyeah
Marisa Tomei
as Natalie Hegalhuzen
Joan Cusack
as Marsha Dillon
Dan Aykroyd
as Mr. Vice President
Ben Kingsley
as Walken/The Videroy
Sergej Trifunovic
as Ook-Mi-Fay Taqnufmin...
Ned Bellamy
as Ook-Yu-Fay Taqnufmin...
Montel Williams
as Voice of Jerry from ...
Lubomir Neikov
as Omar Sharif
Nikolai Stanoev
as Bhodi Bhundhang
Bashar Rahal
as Video Guy #1
Bashur Rahal
as Video Guy No.1
Vesilav Pavlov
as Video Guy No.2
Zahari Baharov
as Video Guy No.3
Bill Cusack
as Tamerlane Caffeinate...
William Cusack
as Tamerlane Caffeinate...
Ben Cross
as Medusa Hair
Mark Roper
as Choreographer
Andrei Slabakov
as Cameraman
Andrei Blabakov
as Cameraman
Joost Scholte
as Popeye's Cashier
Ryan Daliner
as First Production Ass...
Velizar Binev
as German Businessman
Davorka Tovilo
as German Woman
James Graves
as Tamerlane Guard
James Graver
as Tamerlane Guard
Troy Rowland
as Tamerlane Wedding Gu...
Rachel O'Meara
as Implanted Reporter
Sanford Schalair
as Submarine Captain
Nick Harvey
as Interfaith Clergyman
Itai Djakov
as Kid in Fallaf
Stanimir Stanatov
as Yonica's Posse Guy
Georgi Gatsov
as Sound Man
Mark W. Johnson
as Tamerlane Staple-Gun...
Krasi Simeonov
as Tamerlane Guard No.1
Shirly Brener
as Hauser's Wife
Shirly Bremer
as Hauser's Wife
Katerina Grableva
as Hauser's Child
Sergio Buenrostro
as Tamerlane Airport Gu...
Ivailo Kehaiov
as Dry-Cleaning Soldier...
Attia Hosni Attia
as Arabig Waitress
Teodor Tsolov
as Cab Driver
Lina Myahara
as Wedding Guest
Teodore Tsolov
as Cab Driver
Daniela Dancheva
as Amputee Rockette
Lina Miyahara
as Wedding Groomer
Gary Roper
as Tamerlane Bunker Gua...
Ani Petrovska
as Amputee Back-Up Danc...
as Yonica's Back-up Dan...
Deyan Hristov
as Stunt Coordinator
Benny Urquidez
as flight coordinator
Ivan Dimitrov
as Mr. Cusack's Double
Elitza Rujeva
as Ms. Tomei's Double
Stilyan Mavrov
as Sir Kingsley's Doubl...
Georgi Dimitrov
as Mr. Cusack's Driving...
Zamari Baharov
as Video Guy No.3
Sanford Schklair
as Submarine Captain
Mark Johnson
as Tamerlane Staple-Gun...
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Critic Reviews for War, Inc.

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (29)

War, Inc. squanders some top-tier talent (Marisa Tomei, Sir Ben Kingsley) as well as our patience.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

This John Cusack-driven exercise in scorched-earth political comedy is neither as dark nor as timely as intended, and certainly not as funny.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Despite flashes of comic inspiration and an abundance of anything-goes boldness, this well-intentioned but wobbly satire is a chaotic free-fire zone.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Only occasionally hits the target.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

For critics of the war with an appetite for red meat, War, Inc. will prove filling, if not quite completely nourishing.

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

A sprawling folly, this uniquely hellish war film has almost breathtakingly impressive (and busy) production values and is anchored by a memorably complicated performance from John Cusack.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for War, Inc.


John Cusack returns to Grosse Pointe but this time in iraq i mean turkestan. A funny movie, well acted, but not as good as some of Cusacks other work.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

In the near future corporations rule the world rather than nation states and disputes are settled by a heavily armed "arbitrator" played by John Cusack. The combination of black comedy and extreme violence and the presence of the Cusacks and Dan Aykroyd will be familiar to anyone who has seen Grosse Point Blank. It's essentially a political satire, Turekistan being an obvious analogy for the events in the middle east; a kind of "Thank You For Smoking Guns". As political satire it has all the subtlety of a scud launcher, some of the physical comedy bordering on Zucker/Abrams territory, but it also has enough smart, witty and well observed dialogue to offend "patriots" everywhere and no doubt get everyone involved on the NSA's shitlist. The leads are all excellent, John and Marisa making a smart and sexy couple, Joan is hilarious as his company sidekick and Aykroyd once again supplies a memorable cameo. I couldn't help thinking it could've been a masterpiece if they'd shown a little more restraint, but the hit and miss comedy is on target far more often than off and it's nice to see an American comedy that's both intelligent and has something to say.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

They bring the War Home at your Order! One of the really...well how to describe this Movie? Oh yes Its political satire at its best.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

War, Inc. Quotes

Hauser: I feel like a refugee from the Island of Doctor Moreau.
– Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
Mr. Vice President: The first was ever to be outsourced to private enterprise.
– Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
Hauser: I feel like a refugee from The Island of Dr. Moreau.
– Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)

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