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Recreating his role as a hitman, John Cusack gives a hilarious performance in War, Inc., a political satire set in Turaqistan, a Country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former U.S. Vice President (Dan Aykroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires Hauser (Cusack) to kill a Middle Eastern 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 (Hilary Duff), an outrageous Central Asian pop star, and keeping a sexy left-wing reporter (Marisa Tomei) in check.


Studio First Look Home Entertain
SKU 207660687
UPC 687797121967
UPC 14 00687797121967
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/14/2008
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ReviewSource Reel Film Reviews
Review A disastrously heavy-handed satire, War, Inc. follows quirky assassin Brand Hauser (John Cusack) as he heads to the war-torn Middle Eastern country of Turaqistan - where a monolithic corporation run by America's former Vice President (Dan Aykroyd) is currently waging war against local insurgents. Though assigned the relatively simple task of taking out a meddling Oil Minister (Lyubomir Neikov's Omar Sharif), Brand soon finds himself caught up in the problems of a whole host of egregiously off-kilter figures...There's little doubt that War, Inc. strikes all the wrong notes virtually from the word go, as director Joshua Seftel - working from Cusack, Mark Leyner, and Jeremy Pikser's downright desperate screenplay - has infused the proceedings with a headache-inducing atmosphere of silliness that's ultimately catastrophic. The hit-you-over-the-head sensibilities of Seftel and his incompetent cohorts proves instrumental in ensuring that one is consistently left at arm's length from the material, and it's subsequently not surprising to note that even the most open-minded viewer will find themselves fruitlessly searching for something (anything) of substance to latch onto. The end result is an effort that feels like a subpar Monty Python sketch unnaturally stretched out to an astonishingly interminable 107 minute running time, with the increasingly obvious nature of the filmmakers' modus operandi nothing short of infuriating.
Reviewer David Nusair
ReviewRating 5
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Video Format Blu-Ray
Brendan Willis, Exclaim! of the kinder, gentler satire of Mel Brooks will find War, Inc. a welcome change to the in-your-face absurdity of modern pop culture.
Kurt Halfyard, Row Three Much like Grosse Pointe Blank, an assassination plot is fused with a romantic comedy...
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