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War, Inc. (2008)

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  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Thriller
  • Release Date: 4 September 2008 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 107 min
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War, Inc. (2008)


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  • IMDb page: War, Inc. (2008)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 14,775 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Thriller
  • Release Date: 4 September 2008 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: New Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $580,862(USA)
  • Director: Joshua Seftel
  • Stars: John Cusack, Marisa Tomei and Hilary Duff
  • Original Music By: David Robbins   
  • Soundtrack: Boom, Boom, Bang, Bang
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Corporation | Reporter | Assassin | Pop Star | Satire

Writing Credits By:

  • Mark Leyner (written by) &
  • Jeremy Pikser (written by) &
  • John Cusack (written by)

Known Trivia

  • John Cusack first became interested in making the film when he read Naomi Klein’s 2004 article “Baghdad Year Zero”.
  • The “German Businessman” and his associates that John Cusack’s character kills in the beginning of the movie speak a mixture of gibberish and Bulgarian. The kids he encounters in Fallaf also speak Bulgarian.
  • The Tamerlane corporate gift bag contains an autobiography by “Oh, you know who,” entitled, “How I Conquered the World and Dealt with Issues with my Father.”
  • The character names Ooq-Mi-Fay and Ooq-Yu-Fay, loosely translated from Pig Latin, are “f**k me” and “f**k you”.
  • The An-12B airplane shown at the beginning and end of the movie is owned and operated by Bright Aviation Services, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Along with some other Bulgarian freight carriers, they are banned from operating in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the European Union countries because of their safety record.
  • This is the second time Marisa Tomei plays a character whose first name is Natalie. The first time was in In the Bedroom. This is also the second time she plays a reporter in a film. The first time was in The Paper.
  • The corporation, Tamerlane, refers to Timur, known in the West as Tamerlane. Timur conquered a great deal of central and western Asia in the 14th Century and founded the Timurid Empire and Timurid dynasty.
  • Yonica Babyyeah specifically demands pickles, which are Hilary Duff’s favorite food.
  • Srdjan Dragojevic was initially attached to direct this film. He did an extensive rewrite with his Serbian writing partner Dimitrije Vojnov. When Dragojevic left the project this draft of the screenplay was scrapped. The only piece that remained is the imaginary Democracy cigarettes brand that had already appeared in The Wounds.

Goofs: Continuity: When Bhodi Bhundhang's gang of thugs attack in the castle during the interview, one of the thugs holding an AK-47 loses his hat when attacked, but in the next scene his hat is back on his head, right before he is thrown in a table.

Plot: A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President… See more »  »

Story: A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter in check.Written by fmmini  


Synopsis: The movie opens with Brand Hauser (John Cusack) in Iqualiuit, Northern Canada. He enters a bar where some German gentlemen are chatting. He asks for a shot glass, fills it with hot sauce, and throws it back in one gulp. His synapses start firing as he pulls out a gun and shoots each of the Germans. He takes a photo of one of the gentlemen, sends it off, and disposes of the cell phone.

Cut to a jet aircraft. Hauser is the only person on board, but he is regularly chatting with the GuideStar voice. Though it is helping with navigation, it also is providing psychiatric advice.

On the flight, he chats with the former Vice President (Dan Ackroyd). The VP is sitting on the toilet throughout the video call. Hauser is instructed to fly to Turaqistan, where the VP’s company, Tamerlane, is engaged in the first war to be entirely outsourced. His mission is to assasinate the Oil Minister, Omar Sherif (Lyubomir Neikov). He is to be hit because he is insisting that Turaqistan build a cross country pipeline on their own, shunning a bid from Tamerlane. For cover, he is to act as the Chair of a Tamerlane Trade Mission, which is holding a trade fair within the Green Zone (the Emerald City) of the Turaqustan capital. A highlight of the fair will be the marriage of pop star Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff) to the son of the Emerit.

Hauser arrives, and meets his contact, Marsha Dillon (Joan Cusack).

Tanks with sponsor decals, city is a mess, lots of bombs & explosions in various marketplaces.

Please help fill this in! Various shots of hot sauce, flashbacks to a row with his CIA boss.

Reporter Natalie Hegalhuzen (Marisa Tomei) can’t get into the show (not the right pass). Cusack invites her to his office. Realizes she is left wing biased, gets rid of her, but sets up meeting for that evening over drinks.

Hauser goes into Popeye Chicken restaurant to meet "The Viceroy" of Tamerlane – . After Get Smart style secret tunnel, he meets a video screen projecting American media heros (John Wayne, Mr. T, Donald Trump, etc.), speaking with an altered voice.

Yonica and entourage arrive. Hauser is not impressed.

Tries to kill Sharif with remote control rifle, but interrupted when dry cleaning is delivered to his Humvee.

Milking cobra for poison when Yonica drops by. She tries to seduce him, but he is disgusted. Takes Sharif out to dinner, but can’t get the venom in due to the close scrutiny of Sharif’s bodyguards. Sharif spots the reporter, and Hauser arranges a meeting.

Yonica & entourage arrive, and in the chaos, Hauser crushes the vial of cobra venom, breaking it in his hand. He goes to the restroom to clean up, and is confronted by 2 members of the entourage. He easily dispatches them both.

Reporter wants to get out and see the country outside of the Green Zone. Hauser sets her up with a local film crew. She discovers a DVD case (premade) for Yonica’s XXX rated wedding night video. She exposes Yonica and her husband on CNN.

Hauser "fixes" the situation with Yonica, her fiance, and the emerit father. The fiance will blame one of the entourage, the principals will be blameless, and the wedding will go on.

Finds Yonica in her room, playing simple accoustic ballad – realizes she’s not who the press make her out to be. He arranges for an interview with the reporter.

While waiting for the film crew to set up in an abandoned house, Hauser finds some nice wine, caviar, and other snacky things. He opens the wine with a compressed air needle cork popper – then discretely pockets the device.

Just prior to the interview, in a heart-to-heart discussion, Hauser tells the girls about his ex-wife (murdered) and daughter (kidnapped). He tells them it happened because of who he is.

The entourage burst in. Hauser kills all (one with a shot of compressed air to the brain). The girls walk in as he dispatches the last person. They now have confirmation that he is not who he seemed to be.

The girls take a taxi from the interview location to their respective hotels. Yonica gets out first, and the reporter is kidnapped. Kidnappers make some rather silly demands (destruction of Israel & a star ball player for a player to be named later).

Hauser now has to rescue the reporter, kill Sharif, and oversee the wedding at the trade show. He emails Sharif, and under the name of the reporter, invites him to a hotel suite. He jumps in a Humvee, and takes off looking for the reporter outside the Emerald City. He asks some kids if they know where a kidnapped person might be. They tell him there are 3 in the immediate area – he’s got to be more specific. They direct him to the group that has a dark-haired female.

Flashbacks take place here, and we learn that his old boss, Walken (Ben Kingsly) tries to kill him when he tried to quit some years ago. Instead, Hauser kills his boss (crushed in a garbage truck).

The reporter is rescued, and brought back to the trade show to be in the wedding party. Hauser heads to the hotel to meet Sharif.

Sharif walks into the hotel suite, expecting to find the reporter. Instead, Hauser grabs him, and warns him that someone else will likely be coming for him. He heads back to the Popeye Chicken shop, looking for the Viceroy. Hauser realizes that he must be behind the projection screen, so smashes it. Sees that Walken is still alive, but crippled, and restricted to a wheelchair. Not only is Walken the Viceroy, but he admits that he had his wife killed, and Yonica is his kidnapped daughter!!

Now the guards are after him, so he uses Walken as a shield, and gets out to the wedding, disrupting the ceremony. Walken escapes and heads back to his bunker. He calls for a cruise missle to level the trade show building. The missle is launched, but goes off course, and hits the Popeye restaurant, killing Walken.

Yonica, the reporter, and Hauser get to the airport, where Yonica’s honeymoon plane is waiting.

Just as we think they’ve gotten away, we see a heat seeking missle heading towards the plane.

The former Vice President holds a press conference, and blames extremists and terrorists for the explosion at the Popeye, and the killing of our beloved Viceroy.

Credits roll to a Joe Strummer song.

Need to add the corporate references, slogans, etc. Can’t wait for the DVD!


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Cusack known as producer
  • Vic David known as line producer: second unit
  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Doug Dearth known as co-producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Danny Lerner known as producer
  • Grace Loh known as producer
  • Mark Roper known as associate producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • Les Weldon known as producer
  • Katsuhiko Yoshida known as co-producer (as Katsu J.J. Yoshida)

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Cusack known as Hauser
  • Hilary Duff known as Yonica Babyyeah
  • Marisa Tomei known as Natalie Hegalhuzen
  • Joan Cusack known as Marsha Dillon
  • Dan Aykroyd known as Mr. Vice President
  • Sergej Trifunovic known as Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini
  • Ned Bellamy known as Ooq-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini / Zubleh
  • John McLaughlin known as Himself
  • Montel Williams known as GuideStar Voice (voice)
  • Ben Kingsley known as Walken / The Viceroy
  • Lyubomir Neikov known as Omar Sharif (as Lubomir Neikov)
  • Nikolay Stanoev known as Bhodi Bhundhang (as Nikolai Stanoev)
  • George Zlatarev known as Director (as Georgi Zlatarev)
  • Bashar Rahal known as Video Guy #1
  • Velislav Pavlov known as Video Guy #2 (as Vesilav Pavlov)
  • Zahary Baharov known as Video Guy #3 (as Zahari Baharov)
  • Doug Dearth known as Geoff
  • Bill Cusack known as Tamerlane Caffeinated Soldier (as William Cusack)
  • Ben Cross known as Medusa Hair
  • Mark Roper known as Choreographer
  • Andrey Slabakov known as Cameraman (as Andrei Slabakov)
  • Joost Scholte known as Popeyes Cashier
  • Ryan Spike Dauner known as First Production Assistant (as Ryan Dauner)
  • Velizar Binev known as German Businessman
  • Davorka Tovilo known as German Woman
  • James Graves known as Tamerlane Guard
  • Troy Rowland known as Tamerlane Wedding Guard
  • Rachel O'Meara known as Implanted Reporter
  • Sandy Schklair known as Submarine Captain (as Sanford Schklair)
  • Nick Harvey known as Interfaith Clergyman
  • Itai Diakov known as Kid In Fallaf (as Itai Djakov)
  • Stanimir Stamatov known as Posse Guy
  • Georgi Gatzov known as Sound Man (as Georgi Gatsov)
  • Mark Johnson known as Tamerlane Staple-Gun Guard
  • Krassimir Simeonov known as Tamerlane Guard #1 (as Krasi Simeonov)
  • Velizar Peev known as Thug (as Zarko Peev)
  • Shirly Brener known as Hauser's Wife
  • Katerina Grableva known as Hauser's Child
  • Sergio Buenrostro known as Tamerlane Airport Guard
  • Alex Brown known as Tamerlane Airport Guard #2
  • Attia Hosni Attia known as Arabic Waiter
  • Ivo Kehayov known as Dry Cleaning Soldier Posse (as Ivaio Kehajov)
  • Teodor Tsolov known as Cab Driver
  • Lina Miyahara known as Wedding Guest
  • Daniela Dancheva known as Amputee Rockette
  • Gary Roper known as Tamerlane Bunker Guard
  • Lea Rosen known as Wedding Groomer
  • Ani Petrovska known as Amputee Back-Up Dancer
  • Maximus known as Yonica's Back-Up Dancers
  • Nenko Genov known as Winking Soldier (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Sofi Hvarleva known as makeup artist (as Sofi Hvurleva)
  • Ivon Ivanova known as key makeup artist
  • Violeta Lazarova known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Naska Popova known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Tatyana 'Tita' Sleptsova known as makeup artist: Ms. Tomei (as Tatyana Sleptcova)
  • Rositsa Tsanovska known as hair stylist (as Rositza Tzanovska)
  • Denise Wynbrandt known as hair stylist: Mr. Cusack
  • Denise Wynbrandt known as makeup artist: Mr. Cusack

Art Department:

  • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props
  • Bogdan Bogdanov known as carpenter
  • Dirk Buchmann known as property master
  • Damian Dinev known as storyboard artist
  • Maria Doicheva known as painter
  • Andrey Filchev known as stand-by props
  • Martin Genchev known as carpenter
  • Branka Gligorova known as art department assistant
  • Anna Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator
  • Alexei Karagyaur known as graphic designer
  • Georgi Kodzhabashiyski known as painter
  • Jasen Kovachev known as set dresser
  • Axel Nicolet known as construction manager
  • Vladimir Petkov known as carpenter
  • Sonya Savova known as draftsperson
  • Eleonora Slavkova known as painter
  • Rosen Stefanov known as assistant set decorator
  • Arta Tozzi known as art department assistant
  • Zhivko Zhelyazkov known as storyboard artist
  • Evgeni Yordanov known as carpenter foreman (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • New Crime Productions
  • B & W Films
  • Boyana Film Studios
  • Millennium Films
  • Nu Image Entertainment GmbH

Other Companies:

  • Digital Post Services  delivery and international servicing
  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility


  • First Look International (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Top Film (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • 3L Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Manga Films (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Moonlight Films (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • SP Films (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • All Interactive Distribution (2008) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • First Look International (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Ledafilms (2008) (Mexico) (TV)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Odeon (2008) (Romania) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
  • VVS Films (2008) (Canada) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Nikolay Agopyan known as digital effects artist
  • Ivaylo Andonov known as digital artist
  • Javor Asenov known as visual effects
  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
  • Luba Atanasova known as colorist
  • Luba Atanasova known as video colorist
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Svilen Aynadzhiev known as digital compositor
  • Angelina Borisowa known as visual effect assistant editor
  • Lawles Bourque known as visual effects compositor
  • Maria Boyuklieva known as digital compositor
  • Rachel Clement known as digital cleanup artist
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Yasen Denev known as digital matte painter
  • Yasen Denev known as illustrator
  • Konstantin Dimitrov known as digital compositor
  • Stoycho Dimitrov known as digital compositor
  • Stoycho Dimitrov known as digital effects artist
  • Paounka Dimitrova known as digital artist
  • Paounka Dimitrova known as visual effects
  • Georgi Gavanozov known as CGI lead animator
  • Dobri Georgiev known as lead cgi artist
  • Kiril Georgiev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Veselina Georgieva known as visual effects supervisor
  • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor
  • Dobromir Hristov known as digital compositor
  • Angel Ivanov known as digital effects artist
  • Ivan Ivanov known as digital artist
  • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as visual effects artist
  • Velichko Ivanov known as lead artist
  • Albena Ivanova known as digital compositor
  • Milen Jiliazkov known as digital effects artist
  • Ivet Jordanova known as visual effects artist
  • Peter Keranov known as digital compositor
  • Momchil Kirov known as digital artist
  • Momchil Koev known as visual effects compositor
  • Nikolay Kolev known as digital artist
  • Kalin Krumov known as digital compositor
  • Dennis Little known as DI producer
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects
  • Nikolay Mihailov known as digital compositor
  • Diana Moneva known as digital artist
  • Nikolay Pachov known as visual effects assistant editor
  • Nikolay Peev known as digital artist
  • Iskra Petkova known as digital artist
  • Steven Ramirez known as visual effects editor
  • Diana Simeonova known as matchmove artist
  • Georgi Staikov known as visual effects
  • Atanas Stankov known as visual effects
  • Boyan Stoyanov known as animator
  • Milan Stoyanov known as digital compositor
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
  • Peter Tomov known as visual effects lead artist
  • Stoilova Tsvetelina known as modeler
  • Arturo Lopez Uscanga known as scanning manager
  • Desislava Valcheva known as digital compositor
  • Alexander Valev known as digital compositor
  • Silvia Vasileva known as animator
  • Slavov Yanko known as matchmove artist
  • Vladimir Zdravkov known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Petko Zhivkov known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA 28 April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • USA 23 May 2008 (limited)
  • USA 31 July 2008 (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • Brazil 13 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Israel 4 September 2008
  • Russia 4 September 2008
  • Taiwan 6 September 2008
  • Italy 10 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 9 October 2008
  • USA 14 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 30 October 2008
  • Hungary 25 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 28 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 21 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 27 February 2009 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • UK 16 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 2 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 22 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 22 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 22 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 8 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual material



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  1. Juicy92888 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    I thought this movie was a lot better than most movie critics aregiving it credit for. Though it has its confusing parts of the plot, itdoesn't greatly interfere with your understanding of the movie. Thatbeing said, If you're not open to more liberal political ideas, thenthis probably isn't the movie for you. I thought all the actors in themovie were outstanding. Each character has their funny moments and theaudience at the Tribeca Film Festival was laughing throughout the wholething. I thought the satire was a tad over the top in one particulararea, but that's intentionally done. John Cusack is right in thatalthough it's set in the future, it really makes you see the present.

  2. sioenroux from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    Don't mistake "War Inc." for a sharply chiseled satire or a brainycomedy full of inside jokes for news buffs. It isn't.

    This is an old-fashioned screwball comedy, with ridiculouslycoincidental plot twists, stock characters (given some depth in funperformances by John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Marisa Tomei and HillaryDuff) and a straightforward approach to the political content.

    You see, the filmmakers' political points are things nearly all of thecountry already knows are true. Yeah, we understand that thecorporations profiting off the war are corrupt, inept pigs, thepolitical leaders in charge of it are even more inept buffoons, andAmerican imperialism has never looked crasser and more out of touchthan it does right now — but none of that is the point.

    Here, all of that noise is the setting that they lampoon — sometimesin genius ways — as the backdrop for a silly romp, as John Cusack'scharacter (the hit-man with a heart) tries to change his life with thehelp of the do-gooder journalist who doesn't trust him (Tomei) and theyoung Middle Eastern starlet who wants to call off her marriage (Duff).Cusack's sister, Joan, plays his assistant with an almost cartoonishlyenthusiastic quality. Ben Kingsley seemed to me wasted in his smallerpart as a ruthless CIA boss.

    That's all, and it works. It's simple fun, but if somehow you can't seereality and you think the war is going well and everyone involved withit is doing a good job and there's no corruption and people in theMiddle East wish our Western culture would supplant theirs, then youmight not find it as funny.

    For all the rest of us, it was a light comedy with a political edge.

  3. doug-697 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    If you agree with the political premise of this movie or you like JohnCusack, Marisa Tomei or Ben Kinsley you may enjoy this movie. But asthe satire it was obviously meant to be it is a huge misfire.

    Despite a few funny moments, it breaks a basic rule of satire:believability. Watch Dr. Strangelove, M*A*S*H, or The Great Dictatorand you'll notice that the main characters, while caricatures ofvarying degrees of preposterousness, the world in which they exist wasmade to be very real.

    In War Inc. this is reversed. The primary characters are playedseriously and we do care about them, but, with only a few exceptions,the environment in which they exist is played for laughs.

    For example, the scene of the rehearsal of a Broadway musical dancenumber where the dancers are women with prosthetic legs who've beenvictims of the war but who've been "helped" by American medicaltechnology. It's an idea of near-genius, but it's impact is almostentirely lost because the world in which it takes place isn't credible.There are the "Arab rappers" who are played as ridiculous idiots, butit comes off as a commentary on rappers and not American culturalinfluence. There are so many potentially great moments ruined becausethey aren't played seriously. The director just didn't understandcomedy.

    There are other mistakes. Much of this movie takes place in theprotected compound "Emerald City". The movie brings us into what isintended to depict an orgy of American capitalist/corporatesuperficiality, but the movie fails to first sufficiently establishthat it exists within a non-Western (Arabic) country. So instead ofsucceeding as a critique on American imperialism, we simply feel likewe're in a weird theme park with no context.

    Also, and this is potentially more serious for U.S. showings, there isthe apparent portrayal of average soldiers. I don't know if this wasintentional or not, but regular soldiers are shown as moronic, thugsand murderers. In one scene, which is one of those that's filmedrealistically, soldiers machine gun innocent civilians. The soldiershave the corporate logos on their uniforms, perhaps meant todifferentiate them as a "corporate" army. However, I think that islikely to be lost on many viewers and in a movie meant as criticism onthe abuse of corporate power, denigrating the average American soldier,intentionally or not, seems a huge mistake.

    And, perhaps this is minor, but Joan Cusak looks quite old in her firstappearance in the movie. This was obviously not intended since shelooks younger for the rest of the movie.

    This is not a terrible movie but as a satire it's a mess.

  4. Tyler_Cassavetes from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    Joshua Seftel's first film – a satire of memorable proportions – isabout just as the title suggests: The corporations effect on War.

    The film is about a mercenary (John Cusack) traveling to Turaqistan(not a real country, fyi) to help the American government 'get theirmessage across' to Turaqistan's leaders. He meets a reporter (MarisaTomei) and we all know what will ensue with a lonely man + a hotreporter. Somewhere in the mix, a pop star named Yonica Babyyeah getsthrown in. As Yonica is marrying one of Turaquistan's most importantpeople (a son of the president), a subplot is created where themercenary must watch over this star, well, somewhat. The film startsoff with a lonely Cusack in a bar; no more than fifteen seconds later,the film hooks you. With it's amusing and intriguing insight onterrorism and politics, the film's running time blows by you. The filmhas a lot more action than I expected, with the occasional scene ofwar, well choreographed fights and just sporadic scenes of murder.Though the story isn't much deep, the simplicity of it all makes thefilm perfect for both the common man and movie critics alike.

    In the final act of the film, the simplicity of it all turns veryhostile and jumbled. I thought it was executed very well, but other maydisagree, and I could understand why. Twist after twist is what theending is all about, and like most films, it is a true hit/misssituation. Regardless, the three writers on the film (Mark Leyner,Jeremy Pikser & John Cusack) did a fantastic job creating a realisticand entertaining satire on today's situation overseas.

    Joshua Seftel does an excellent job insuring the film's integrity; notreducing the material to the most redundant of films (which I wasafraid would happen). Seftel crafted the film as perfectly as onecould: he created a vibrant atmosphere, one that is both examines harshreality and cartoonish falsities; – contrasting them perfectly – aswell as making the film feel as if you were watching it all. Seftelreally gets you involved in all of the action and it pays offcompletely. No missteps here. Hopefully, he takes on more directorialjobs, for he is one director to look out for.

  5. inspire_aspire from India
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    Let me start by saying that "War, Inc" is not everyone's cup of tea. Itis, however, very enjoyable (and gets you thinking – "Oh, crap"). Thecomedy involved the film isn't obvious at all – it's quite subtle(Tamerlane tanks, dry-cleaning service etc), and it changes with thetwists & turns in the plot.

    I may be the only one, but I won't compare this with "Grosse PointBlank", because, it's different. John Cusack – I wouldn't say he was"amazing" or "brilliant" – but he was good. On the other hand, hissister (Joan Cusack) was incredible in her delivery of lines & comedictiming – even though she was hardly in the film (I'd say the same aboutBen Kingsley).

    Marisa Tomei plays a convincing reporter, and manages to pull it off.Hilary Duff is very commendable for her role as central Asian pop starYonica Babyyeah. Duff's development as an actress is very noticeable inthe film, and she does a very good job (even though her accent is a tadunreal).

    Overall, the film is what I would call "entertaining". It doesn't havea particular storyline, and it's quite silly at times, but it does havea subtle message. I'd say it's worth a watch.

  6. Gimme_Fiction from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    I don't want to spend to long here rambling about the plot- you've seenthe trailer, and if you haven't its online. I don't recommend seeing itthough- it was poorly crafted and didn't pack any of the laughs ormagic from the film. So those avoiding this film due to its lousytrailer should give this one a chance. It's really funny. I was blownaway by the cleverness and originality in this film. The first 40minutes had me on the floor in hysterics- my only problem was that itunnecessarily evolved into a bad Austin Powers film in the final 20.This however, is one of the few films where the campy ending didn'tmake me dislike the rest of the film (which is normally the case).Everyone gives a great performance (especially Joan Cusack) and thereare some really great moments throughout. I personally plan on seeingit again when it comes out- only to catch all the details which I waslaughing over during the first viewing!

  7. Anthony Pittore III (Shattered_Wake) from Los Angeles, CA
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    In this satire of the commercialization and 'lightheartedness' of war,John Cusack plays Brand Hauser, an assassin sent to to 'Turaqistan' totake out Omar Sharif, who is doing some oil business that will spelltrouble for the former Vice President of the US's own company. Inaddition to this, Hauser must juggle his fake position as a trade showproducer, a wedding for pop princess Yonica (Hillary Duff), and a nosyLiberal journalist, Natalie (Marisa Tomei).

    Assessing the technical aspects:

    – The acting (by the main characters,at least) was good, as was to beexpected. Some of John Cusack's dialogue was quite obviously notwritten for him as he often seemed uncomfortable saying it. . . maybeunrealistic is more accurate. Joan put forth a great, and oftenhilarious, performance. Marisa Tomei, while I've never been a big fanof hers, was more than suitable for the role and worked well. HillaryDuff, however, was pretty terrible. They needed an attractive MiddleEastern (or Russian, or whatever that accent was supposed to be)pop-star. Unfortunately, they went 0 for 3 with her.

    – Like I said above, the writing seemed a little stiff and mismatchedat points, especially John Cusack's dialogue. Not much of it, mind, butsome. The story also got a bit ludicrous at points, which is fine for asatire to a point, but it took it to a whole new level here. Luckily,the Cusacks and Tomei keep a relatively cool, calm demeanor throughout,and that makes a nice even mix of the craziness of the film and thelevelheadedness of the actors.

    – Joshua Seftel, who previously had a drought of real credits to hisname, did a fine job with a rather wide-spectrum film. He handled thesmall ($10 million) budget very well, stretching it to make it appearto be much more. Seftel also managed to nicely blend the humour of thestory. . . with the painful and hard-to-watch parts of the real war(including slaughter of civilians, etc.).

    – As far as the general satire goes, its exaggerated look on thecommercializing of war is very well done, especially the 'Golden PalacePoker' ads on the U.S. tanks. At points, it becomes a little too much,but, in the end, it still accurate portrays what it's going for an ayoung 'Mel Brooks'-type of style.

    Overall, the film is very well made for the meager budget and it'sdefinitely worthy of a look. It won't go down as one of the greatsatires of cinema, but it's certainly not the worst.


  8. (abhijitbond)
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    The plot of this film might not be extraordinary, but what makes thefilm really special, are its characters (and the actors who play them –of course!). I won't go into the details of the plot of the movie, butI would certainly like to say this – This film is not just foreveryone! The film is really witty and you need to be equally clever toget all the satire. If you're not alert even for a second, you'llprobably end up missing one of the subtle points. The movie is full ofsuch seemingly trivial but witty stuff – like the announcements goingon in the background at Turaqistan, the advertisements on the tankers(which I almost missed) and it are these that make the movie hilariousthroughout.

    Coming to the actors, John Cusack has played his multi-faceted rolevery efficiently (what with him being the co-writer and the producertoo) and he plays his character – Hauser, the killer with a heart –exquisitely. Cusack's done a similar kind of role before in GrossePointe Blank, but his comic disposition in the movie is simply superb.

    However the actress who steals all the show is Hilary Duff! I havealways been a huge fan of Ms. Duff. But to be honest I was a bitdisappointed when I heard about the kind of role she's playing in themovie. But after watching the movie the disappointment gave way togreat respect for her as an actor. Let's face it! The kid's growing,but yes, so is her talent! All those critics, who shouted hoarse thatHilary cannot act, will be silent for a while. Hilary had to play areally complex character – tough on the outside, yet a sweet child onthe inside – and she's done complete justice to it. She makes youlaugh, and she makes you cry – to cut the long story short ('cause Icould go on raving about her for ever) she's BRILLIANT! Marisa Tomeiand Joan Cusack have done a good job too. Especially, Joan's hystericsare uproarious! However, I was rather disappointed with Ben Kingsleybeing wasted in such a small role and his performance seemedlackluster.

    In general War, Inc. keeps you on your toes throughout with itsintelligent humor, and ends with just the right amount of twists in theplot. I would highly recommend this movie to all (and more so to HilaryDuff fans)!!! P.S. – I am really glad to hear the movie is going tobreak free of its limited release and release at other places soon!!!

  9. AbPol from new york
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    this film needs to be seen. the truest picture of what is going on inthe world that I've seen since Darwin's Nightmare. Go see it! and Ifyou're lucky enough to have it open in your city, be sure to see it onthe big screen instead of DVD. The writing is sharp and the directionis good enough for the ideas to come through, though hardly perfect.Joan Cusack is amazing, and the rest of the cast is good too. It'sinspiring that John Cusack got this movie made, and, I believe, he hadto use some of his own money to do it. It's a wild, absurd ride,obviously made without the resources it needed, but still succeeds. JonStewart, Steven Colbert, SNL, even Bill Maher haven't shown the guts tosay what this film says.

  10. imxo
    30 Mar 2012, 2:11 pm

    On this 4th of July weekend it's heartening to see the spirit of theDeclaration of Independence alive and well in the film "War, Inc." Justas our founding fathers gave the back of their collective hand to KingGeorge III, this film exposes in hilarious fashion the cravenwar-profiteering by the current crop of capitalistic creeps who areintent on indecently privatizing the government, to include privatizingwar itself.

    The cast in this satire absolutely shines. John Cusack is wonderful asa droll, conflicted corporate assassin, and the beautiful Marisa Tomeiis superb as his love interest. (My gosh, "George Costanza" was right.Marisa Tomei is so attractive!) But it is John's sister Joan Cusack whoreally steals the film. Her portrayal of a bossy, yet simultaneouslysycophantic, personal assistant is priceless, and more than once I justcouldn't stop laughing at the brilliance of her performance. She notonly possesses fantastic comic timing, her face is as expressive as onecould ever wish for in an actor. Dan Ackroyd, too, has a short, butvery effective, cameo in the film as the head of the company which isrunning the war, the Tamerlane Corporation. Sitting on a "throne" withhis pants down around his ankles, Ackroyd even looks like the arseclown who currently occupies one of our real thrones of power. Youwon't have to think too hard to recognize that person. Much of thismovie was filmed in Bulgaria, which is why we are able to see so muchreal military equipment. (You just know that the US military wouldnever have cooperated in making this satiric expose ofwar-profiteering.) I especially enjoyed the character of "Omar Sharif"as played by the Bulgarian actor Lyubomir Neikov. In one scene in whichhe is on the dance floor with Marisa Tomei he has a couple of linesthat could summarize our entire foreign policy attitude toward theforeign leaders we install – and uninstall – in power.

    Naturally, this film won't appeal to everyone. If you believe that theon-going privatization of our foreign policy, the military,intelligence collection and analysis, prisons and the correctionssystem, public health, and a myriad of other government services is agood thing you may not find much to like in this film. If you believe,however, that destroying people and countries in order to add to somecorporation's bottom line is an abomination I think you'll find much toappreciate in this film. Nothing could be more in keeping with theSpirit of Independence that heaping well-deserved ridicule on corruptpowers that be.

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