War, Inc. Review

26 Oct



My most recent RedBox rental was not using a free promo code I got from my friend on Monday. It was a code that RedBox sent me for filling out a short survey after renting a movie. Yes, I rented a movie for them using a promo code and they sent me a survey about the rental experience in order to give me another promo code for a free rental! I LOVE this company! I decided to rent War, Inc. a newly released (on DVD) movie starring John Cusack. You may not have heard of this movie since the Wiki entry claims it released in only 30 theaters nationwide. I will say that after seeing it, it should have been a MUCH bigger release. This is a good movie.

I love John Cusack. High Fidelity is one of the all time best movies ever. Grosse Pointe Blank is great. Speaking of, this movie reminds me a LOT of Grosse Pointe Blank. Not just because John and Joan Cusack are both in it. And Dan Aykroyd has a small, but hilarious role. Maybe it’s because in both movies John plays a hit man type character who has second thoughts about his job after he meets a nice girl. Maybe it is the fact that it appears an entire scene was ripped straight out of Grosse Pointe Blank.

But I digress. War, Inc. is about a hired killer, Brand Hauser (John Cusack), who works for a company called Tamerlane, which is obviously based on Halliburton. The president of Tamerlane is a former Vice President of the United States played by Dan Aykroyd. Tamerlane is a fictional desert (middle eastern) country that has been recently leveled by the first “privatized” war. With Tamerlane bombs, planes, tanks and soldiers having fought on behalf of the US. Now Tamerlane is holding an expo called “Brand America” with the hopes of selling off the rebuilding of this country to contractors of Tamerlane. Get it?

The entire movie is a political statement about how some corporations have become larger and more powerful than countries. At one point in the movie the “bad guy,” Walken (played by Ben Kingsley), states that the “United States is a division of Tamerlane.”

Brand Hauser is sent to kill someone while at the “Brand America” expo with the cover that he is the Expo Manager. Working at a large convention center made me giggle at how his character was able to just walk in and run an entire expo like it was no big deal. He does make a very “Expo Manager” type move straight off when he tells his assistant (also undercover) Marsha Dillon (Joan Cusack) that they should “flip the whole room” because the stage was on the East wall, and you “don’t want people turning away to pray!”

The love interest of the movie is an interesting triangle with a good twist at the end between Hauser, Natalie Hegalhuzen (Marisa Tomei) and Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff). Hegalhuzen is a left wing journalist who hates Hauser and everything she believes him to be and he comments that she would hate him more if she really new him. Yonica Babyyeah is a middle eastern pop princess with a loser poser husband. I’m going to go out on a limb and say she is based on Britney Spears.

There is a lot of killing and blood in this movie, duh! It does revolve around an assasin! Something that made me cringe was actually not the blood, but watching Hauser drinking shots of hot sauce straight to calm his nerves.

I really enjoyed the movie. My left wing liberal self found myself cracking up at the OBVIOUS hits on Halliburton and the current administration. The movie also had some great comedic moments, especially with the interaction between Joan and John’s characters. They work so well together.

I’m not going to give away much of the movie because it would be hard to do so without giving the twists away.

I will give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and will be purchasing it immediately!

Funniest scene of the movie: Joan and John’s characters walk into the expo for a rehearsal of the opening ceremonies including a kick/dance routine starring all women using Tamerlane’s newest and greatest artificial limbs! They even begin to brag about how the Tamerlane bombs and artificial limbs actually use some of the same components!

One Response to “War, Inc. Review”

  1. mom October 27, 2008 at 6:59 am #

    so I order War Inc and Grosse Pointe Blank from Netflix, I put them at the top of my queue

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