The movie is based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.
The film was released on August 19 in the UAE and since I’ve seen every single movie that’s available, I opted to watch this. The film started with a narration from the lead character and went on to be interesting enough to get me and the rest of the viewers hooked. I was kind of on the fence because of the storyline and the fact that it was based on a true story but I just thought of giving it a chance. It was engaging to say the least.
I think the casting was good. I mean I’m not a fan of Jonah Hill but I also don’t hate him. Sometimes I feel like he’s trying too hard to be funny even if he’s not but there were also times when he was really funny so maybe the producers made the right decision on him. Miles Teller on the other hand, was familiar to me because I’ve seen him in Whiplash and I think he did great in that movie. He did good in this one too and he fit the bill perfectly. At first it seemed odd to pair the two of them but in the end, I think it worked quite well. The one thing that I didn’t quite get was his wife in the film and I don’t know why they picked someone with an accent because it made no sense at all although she did bring a lot of charisma on the screen and I liked her morals. The rest of the cast were just ok, they all did a pretty good job all throughout.
The story was simple, they are bidding for a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military. The thing is, most of the films that are based on true stories turned out to be boring and a pain to watch. This one isn’t one of them. It’s easy for the viewers to watch, anyone can follow through though at times it will require your brains to process what’s happening and how it happened but most of the time, it’s light and funny.
The cinematography was superb, the lighting and the colors that they used. I liked how they have a lot of scenes showing aerial views of Miami and the beaches and the nice houses and at one point, I was daydreaming of living that kind of life. I also admired the soundtrack and the scoring because it added a lot of character to the actors.
To sum up, I never thought I’d enjoy the movie the way that I did but I have to say that it was a lot of fun. I like the story and how it progressed and I like the witty punchlines. What I didn’t like though is the usage of the F word much too often. At times, I think it wasn’t needed to convey the message but regardless, the film was still good. I suggest you see this if you just want a light-hearted film that’s funny and entertaining. Just don’t expect too much or dwell on the technicalities and I’m sure you’ll love it too. It’s good, it’s not just fine, it’s not great but I would still recommend it nonetheless.