America is the land of opportunity. It is also the land of guns. War Dogs is the story of how two Americans found a loophole in how the Pentagon got its weapons and built a million-dollar empire from that loophole. Of course, this story would not be movie material if a few things did not go wrong in the process. I enjoyed War Dogs for the original story it told and how it told it but the balance between exposition and action is a bit out of whack.
Jonah Hill goes in full manic mode as Efraim Divoreli, a schemer who can become whoever you need him to be in order to get you to do something for him. Divoreli is the guy who discovers anybody can bid on a Pentagon weapons purchase and a lot of small purchases make for a big windfall. He enrolls David Packouz (Miles Teller), a guy he calls his best friend from grade school, to help him get this scheme up and running. Packouz is a twenty-something college dropout who is there to be the normal, down to earth fact of Divoreli's company. This is also pretty much what Miles Teler does performance wise compared to Hill's over the top performance.
The story behind War Dogs is interesting and that translates well on screen. In some ways, War Dogs is the story of a startup that just happens to be in the arms trade. It is Packouz who tells the story and sometimes you find yourself wishing the movie was told through Divoreli's eyes as the movie sometimes could use an adrenaline boost.
Special features for WarDogs Blu-ray and Digital HD include a making of, a behind the scenes, and a niftySchoolhouse Rock style cartoon titled Pentagon Pie
War Dogs will be available on November 22 on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray for $29.98 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with special features in HD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. The Blu-ray includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc with a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet*, and the DVD features the film in standard definition. Fans can also own War Dogs via purchase from digital retailers beginning on November 11.