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War Inc. [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd
  • Directors: Joshua Seftel
  • Producers: John Cusack, Danny Lerner, Grace Loh, Les Weldon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014XVTHK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,050 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Darkly comic political satire co-written by and starring John Cusack. Riots are breaking out in the fictional desert country of Turaqistan after an American corporation owned by the former US Vice President (Dan Aykroyd) assumes power over the entire country. Hoping to take maximum advantage of the opportunities offered by the political upheaval, the corporation hires troubled hit man Brand Hauser (Cusack) to kill off its main competitor, a Middle Eastern oil magnate. Hauser is passed off as the corporation's Trade Show Producer, and in order to maintain his cover must also organise the high-profile wedding of outrageous Middle Eastern pop star Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff). However, things get complicated when the supposedly ruthless killer falls head over heels in love with left-wing reporter Natalie Hegalhuzen (Marisa Tomei) and develops strong paternal feelings for the oversexed Yonica.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Martin on 1 May 2009
Format: DVD
After the enjoyable experience that was the last Cusack / Ackroyd film, 'Grosse Pointe Blank', I was really looking forward to 'War Inc'. Touted as the spiritual successor to that under-rated classic, 'War Inc' had all the wonderful ingredients - a brooding John Cusack, a strangely arousing psychotic Joan Cusack, an off-kilter Dan Ackroyd and, in place of Minnie Driver, two wonderfully hot leads in Hilary Duff and Marisa Tomei; as well as a similar plot-line (brooding hitman takes on one last job, and finds love and a reason to change his life). So, what went wrong?

Well, partly it's my fault. 'Grosse Pointe Blank' was something so wonderfully special, something that managed to pull off the double-whammey of being instantly entertaining and slyly satirical in the same breath, with performances that (Minnie Driver's slightly dodgy American accent aside) really brought the characters, even the minor ones, to life - in essence, you cared that Martin Blank changed his life and got the girl in the same way that you really wanted the smug Federal Agents to get their comeuppence. Therefore, whilst I had been hopeful that the Cusack / Cusack / Ackroyd trinity could weave their magic again, it was always doubtful that they could manage it quite as succesfully. Yet I didn't think that things would work out this badly.

For a start, 'War Inc' doesn't really work as a satire, since the satire is so thinly veiled.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo 1962 on 18 April 2009
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This film is taking a real slating on other reviews and I can see why. Alot of people expected it to be Grosse Point Blank 2 and to some extent it is but it has a much more relevant message than that film ever had, namely about the free market exploitation of war and disaster. I got it thinking that it was GPB 2 and coincidentally I'm reading Naomi Kleins Shock Doctrine and a few minutes into the film the similarities struck me. Sure enough some of her reporting from 'dad forms the basis of the film, and the Marisa Tomei character I think, is meant to be Klein. The film is a bit crazy to reflect the madness in Iraq but its a very creditable take on that issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robb Crow on 30 Jan. 2014
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Really hoped it would be as good as Grosse Point Blank but it wasn't. I thought the acting was a bit wooden and the story was a bit naff. John Cusack was too cool for this film but it got 3 stars because he was in it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Fergus on 17 July 2009
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Oh dear.

I'm a huge fan of John Cusack, I'm not sure why but I like his films. They tend to be funny and a little bit off beat. I loved Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, Pushing Tin and Identity. I even liked The Contract and Martian Child. He manages to get fantastic actors to appear in his films while at the same time finding parts for his family, particularly his sister Joan Cusack who is a fine actress.

So when I came across this film I was a bit surprised I had never heard of it. Billed as a political satire of corporate greed and the US military industrial complex, I thought this would be right up my street.

Set at some time in the near future it starts off promisingly with Cusack partially reprising his characters role from Grosse Pointe Blank along with Dan Aykroyd. We are told that major private corporations are now more powerful than governments and that one has now invaded and conquered the fictional country of Turaqistan. Now they are poised to make a fortune by rebuilding the country but the Turaqistan President is causing problems and needs to be assassinated. Cusack will perform the deed under the cover of running a US Trade Fair in the country.

Unfortunately it all just falls apart into a terrible mess. It can't make up its mind if it is a comedy or trying to be something else. The story is confused with pointless flashbacks about Cusack's family history, it chucks in stuff about a Middle Eastern female pop star that is marrying a local militia leader, a female investigative journalist, a missing child and is full of shouting soldiers, gunfire and explosions. It even has Ben Kingsley in it.

There are a few laugh out loud moments and Joan Cusack is at her scenery chewing best for a little bit of the movie. Despite this it is still a dogs dinner of a film and just doesn't work.

It is very disappointing and one only for those who have to see all John Cusack's films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Axle1073 on 21 July 2010
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Good buy, good story line, you can get caught up in the film and its hard to find faults in it, acting is pretty good and delivery was good as well so over all great buy.
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