War, Inc. (2008)

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

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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 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, Rovi
Rating:
R (for violence, language and brief sexual material)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

John Cusack
as Hauser
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 Taqnufmini
Ned Bellamy
as Ook-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini
Montel Williams
as Voice of Jerry from GuideStar
Lubomir Neikov
as Omar Sharif
Nikolai Stanoev
as Bhodi Bhundhang
Georgi Zlatarev
as Director
Bashur Rahal
as Video Guy No.1
Bashar Rahal
as Video Guy #1
Vesilav Pavlov
as Video Guy No.2
Zahari Baharov
as Video Guy No.3
Doug Dearth
as Geoff
Bill Cusack
as Tamerlane Caffeinated Soldier
William Cusack
as Tamerlane Caffeinated Soldier
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 Assistant
Velizar Binev
as German Businessman
Davorka Tovilo
as German Woman
James Graver
as Tamerlane Guard
James Graves
as Tamerlane Guard
Troy Rowland
as Tamerlane Wedding Guard
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
Stanimir Stamatov
as Possee Guy
Georgi Gatsov
as Sound Man
Mark W. Johnson
as Tamerlane Staple-Gun Guard
Krasi Simeonov
as Tamerlane Guard No.1
Zarko Peev
as Thug
Shirly Bremer
as Hauser's Wife
Shirly Brener
as Hauser's Wife
Katerina Grableva
as Hauser's Child
Ivailo Kehaiov
as Dry-Cleaning Soldier Posse
Sergio Buenrostro
as Tamerlane Airport Guard #2
Attia Hosni Attia
as Arabig Waitress
Teodor Tsolov
as Cab Driver
Lina Myahara
as Wedding Guest
Daniela Dancheva
as Amputee Rockette
Teodore Tsolov
as Cab Driver
Gary Roper
as Tamerlane Bunker Guard
Lina Miyahara
as Wedding Groomer
Ani Petrovska
as Amputee Back-Up Dancer
Maximus
as Yonica's Back-up Dancer
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 Double
Georgi Dimitrov
as Mr. Cusack's Driving Double
Zamari Baharov
as Video Guy No.3
Stanimir Stamatov
as Possee Guy
Sanford Schklair
as Submarine Captain
Mark Johnson
as Tamerlane Staple-Gun Guard
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Critic Reviews for War, Inc.

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (29)

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Village Voice
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.

October 17, 2008
Newsday
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 17, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

xGary Xx
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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

it was Grosse Point with out the plot.

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

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