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War, Inc. (2008)

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30

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 57

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

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 24

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

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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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

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Mark Leyner, Jeremy Pikser, John Cusack

Oct 14, 2008

$0.5M

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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (57) | DVD (7)

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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This John Cusack-driven exercise in scorched-earth political comedy is neither as dark nor as timely as intended, and certainly not as funny.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Despite flashes of comic inspiration and an abundance of anything-goes boldness, this well-intentioned but wobbly satire is a chaotic free-fire zone.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Only occasionally hits the target.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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For critics of the war with an appetite for red meat, War, Inc. will prove filling, if not quite completely nourishing.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (5)
Washington Post
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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.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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This absurdist political farce has its moments but requires a deft touch for satire ... perhaps no one could have made the uneven script work.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

Sophisticated political satire, ridiculous farce, black humour, spoof, intellectual game playing and comic invention

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

It's as if the movie is stuck in a muddy middle, unable to go whole hog with its sending up of toxic Americana and unwilling to be serious about exploring how toxic it really is.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

What is supposed to be a sharp parody is so slow, we're always several steps ahead.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Either too cartoonish, or not cartoonish enough.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Piercingly funny political satire with terrific cast is on view in this future-set story.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

If there's one thing a comedy needs, it's a good exit strategy.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Comment (1)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Nice try, but this hallucinatory polemic never jells.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Denton Record Chronicle (TX) | Comments (4)
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Any hopes you might be holding out for a smart, sophisticated political satire will immediately be squashed at the sight of Dan Aykroyd on the toilet.

July 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

While its plot aligns War, Inc. with other, higher-profile action-thrillers, its political critique is more explicit and its ad campaign more oblique.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
NPR.org

...there's plenty of material ripe for savage satire out in the world right now, and while I approve of the targets War, Inc. took aim at, I can't say that it ever scored a direct hit.

June 29, 2008 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

Cusack as a mercenary in bulltetproof designer suits and Hilary Duff doing a kinky Arab superstar sexpot shoving scorpions down her crotch, can't save this satire crossing the line between the chaos of war and the chaos of filmmaking.

June 28, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A film that confronts the absurdity and violence of modern warfare by taking it to the surreal and goofy next level.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

An Iraq satire being released past the point when discussing the occupation has become wearying and parodying it a slow-target yawn.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen
Let's Not Listen

Each earnest impulse blunts the edge of an already scattered satire and obscures the logic beneath it. And the laughs are buried in the same pile of disorderly conduct.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for War, Inc.

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.
June 19, 2013
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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.
August 28, 2011
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Wahida K

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it was Grosse Point with out the plot.
July 8, 2010
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    1. Hauser: I feel like a refugee from the Island of Doctor Moreau.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Mr. Vice President: The first was ever to be outsourced to private enterprise.
    – Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)
    1. Hauser: I feel like a refugee from The Island of Dr. Moreau.
    – Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)
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