Thoughts on War, Inc.

Saturday, November 6, 2010 8:45 PM By Simon

-John Cusack writes, produces, and stars as a CIA hitman in a over-there future where war has officially gone private. Hilary Duff is a Central Asian (?) popstar named Yonica Babyyeah, Marisa Tomei a stubborn journalist, Joan Cusack a high-strung assisstant, Dan Aykroyd a Dick Cheney-type Vice President. Other people in other roles I'm sure are important. I don't know. I'm tired.

-This movie aspires to so much, but it just fails. A chaotic thing, can't decide whether it wants to be funny or serious, I'm not sure the writers know the definition of 'satire'...

-Right. Yeah. Mess.


SugaryCynic said...

Never saw it, as a John Cusack fan I always wondered about it. And now I know. So thanks for that I guess

November 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM
"Yojimbo_5" said...

It's a mess. So scattershot in its purposes that it only barely peppers its targets rather than hitting the mark. Personally, I think the emphasis on pop-culture derailoed it. They could have made the same point with denim burkas. Thought the chorus-line of amputees was a fine, horrible idea.

November 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Marc Edward Heuck said...

I recall that this was initially conceived as a sequel to GROSSE POINTE BLANK, especially since Cusack brother and sister are essentially in the same roles as they were in that film, but that it morphed into the more topical mishmosh that it is now.

Yeah, ultimately, this feels like one long mea culpa by Cusack to atone for having slept with Britney Spears. Oops, did I say that?

November 8, 2010 at 1:25 AM
Red said...

This was extremely boring. As others have said, an utter mess.

November 8, 2010 at 9:40 PM
Simon said...

Sugary: You're, uh, welcome.

Yojimbo: That whole scene made me cringe. I mean, what was the point?

Marc Edward Heuck: Yes. You did.

Red: Indeed.

November 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM