Sunday, December 20, 2009

War, Inc.

Just because a movie is bad doesn't mean it's completely useless.  War, Inc. is a bad movie, but it makes some good points in humorous ways.  It almost seems like a movie that would have been made by the satirical newspaper The Onion.  They have some great stories and wonderful satire, but whenever they try to extend their humor past the brief article or short sketch, it loses its punch.  Same with War, Inc.

The theme of the military's outsourcing of war is cleverly done.  The soldiers are all employees of a company called Tamerlane, which has sold ads on all the tanks, uniforms, planes, etc.  The U.S. has devastated the nation of Turaqistan and is now bringing democracy (rather, commercialism) to the people.

The plot is really too confusing to get into.  There are plenty of funny moments, and lots of great one-liners and sight gags, some that even make a good point.  If John Cusack and company aimed to create a biting critique of American involvement in the Middle East, this ain't it.  Some OK performances, some good satire, but a tiresome, overdone movie.  Don't waste your time.

Bottom line, 1/2 star.

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