War, inc

War, Inc.

War, Inc. is a dark political satire film starring John Cusack and Hilary Duff and directed by Joshua Seftel. Cusack also co-wrote and produced the film. A working title of the film was Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens. The story is partly inspired by Naomi Klein's article "Baghdad Year Zero".

War, Inc. is thought to be a spiritual successor or informal sequel to the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank. Both films are black comedies with similar styles and themes, and both films star John Cusack as an assassin and Joan Cusack as his assistant, with Dan Aykroyd in a supporting role. In an interview, Joan Cusack said, "I think, in a way, [War, Inc.] was a Grosse Point Blank 2.

Production

War, Inc. was filmed in Bulgaria beginning in late October 2006. Marisa Tomei and Cusack's sister Joan co-star in the film. It was released in only two theatres in Los Angeles and Manhattan, New York in the United States on May 23, 2008 and closed August 7,2008 after grossing $580,862 and eventually opening in only thirty theatres across the United States.

Plot

War Inc. is set in the future, when the fictional desert country of Turaqistan is torn by a riot after a private corporation, Tamerlane (based on Halliburton), owned by the former Vice President of the United States (Dan Aykroyd, based on Dick Cheney), has taken over the whole country. Brand Hauser (John Cusack), a hit man who suppresses his emotions by gobbling down hot sauce, is hired by the corporation's head to kill the CEO of their competitors. To do this, he has to have a cover-up which is in the form of a gala wedding by the outrageous Central Asian Superstar Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff). Everything changes when the ruthless killer finds himself head-over-heels in love with a sexy reporter Natalie Hegalhuzen (Marisa Tomei).

Cast

Critical reception

War, Inc. received generally negative reviews from critics. As of May 24, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 30% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 34 reviews — with the consensus that the film "attempts to satirize the military industrial complex, but more often than not it misses its target. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 37 out of 100, based on 21 reviews.

Box office performance

War, Inc. opened on an extremely limited release in only two theatres across the United States on May 23, 2008. It grossed an estimated $36,600 in those two theaters during its opening weekend. It was second in largest per theater gross behind Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The film closed on August 7, 2008 after not seeing a wide release, grossing only $580,862 domestically in less than thirty theatres across the United States and Canada. It was then released in theatres on August 28, 2008 in Russia, October 2, 2008 in Israel, October 20, 2008 in Portugal.

Promotion

Hilary Duff (Yonica Babyyeah) was the only cast member to do promotion for the film. This included interviews on Ellen, TRL, Today, Jimmy Kimmel and Regis and Kelly through-out June 2008. All of the cast attended the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival bar John Cusack.

DVD Release

The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14, 2008 in the United States and it will be released on January 26, 2009 in the United Kingdom, September 10, 2008 in Italy and December 1, 2008 in Greece.

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