Miles Teller and Jonah Hill team up to become international arms dealers in the summer’s slickest drama, ‘War Dogs.’ The dynamic duo are a match made in ‘dog’ heaven, and their entertaining (especially Jonah Hill’s) performances elevate this movie beyond just a typical run-of-the-mill crime film.
At the center of War Dogs is David (Miles Teller), a young massage therapist who just can’t seem to catch a break. He’s ambitious, but he just doesn’t have the magic touch. That’s when his old best friend from junior high, Efraim (Jonah Hill), comes into the picture.
Efraim blows back into Miami — with his slicked-back hair, overdone tan, and strange laugh — ready to bring David in on his guns and ammo business. Because money is a very attractive thing, David pretty much agrees without asking any questions.
The young entrepreneurs begin rolling in cash as they sell weapons to the U.S. military, but it doesn’t take long for them to get into some serious, tank-sized trouble. They get mixed up with shady players and dangerous businessman like Henry (Bradley Cooper). Efraim reveals his true colors to David, prompting David to safe himself before it’s too late.
Teller’s David may be the hero of the story, but the true star of War Dogs is Jonah Hill. The funny sidekick from Superbad is now a full-blown movie star. Jonah is churning at full speed in this movie, and even though Efraim is a schmuck, he’s the most interesting character in the movie by a long shot.
Jonah’s Efraim is a pathological liar, absolutely shameless when it comes to making money, and completely bonkers. But he still somehow manages to have this irresistible, smooth-talking charm. Miles is very good, as always. He has great chemistry with Jonah and Bradley, but he definitely takes a backseat to Jonah. Their performance in War Dogs proves Jonah and Miles are the next big dynamic duo in Hollywood.
The great thing about War Dogs is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The movie is a fun, thrilling, and often bumpy ride that’s exciting from start to finish. War Dogs hits theaters on Aug. 19.
Also of note, Miles Teller is the subject of Playboy magazine’s September 20Q and he discusses everything from bad press, to bro stigma, to his new movie War Dogs. Check it out at http://www.playboy.com/milesteller.
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