War, Inc. is an experience like no other best described as watching a massive train wreck in real time. This is a movie that aims high with a combination of scathing political satire and dark comedy but fails in almost every scene completely wasting the considerable talents of just about every one involved. This is Dr. Strangelove with a lobotomy and it’s a wonder to behold precisely because the viewer will be drawn in like a deer caught in headlights only to see what new preposterous revelation will be thrust upon them. John Cusack has made a career playing oddball characters yet kudos has to go to him for seeking out these quirky roles instead of following other thespians in embarking on vanilla Hollywood fare. However, as much as you can admire him for this it doesn’t excuse War, Inc. as nothing here rings with even a modicum of truth and insight.
In How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, director Robert B. Weide and screenwriter Peter Straughan have created a satirical comedic romp that is neither sardonic nor funny totally missing the mark at every turn. It’s not often that filmmakers fail so miserably but alas this adaptation of Toby Young’s book is both exceedingly bland but also mind-numbingly shocking as it continually fumbles the ball turning the end product into a charmless cinematic mess.