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War, Inc. (2008)

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A corporation hires a professional assassin to pose as its trade show representative who must organize the wedding of a Middle Eastern pop star, which will allow him the opportunity to kill a Middle Eastern politician.

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Joshua Seftel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Hauser
Hilary Duff ... Yonica Babyyeah
Marisa Tomei ... Natalie Hegalhuzen
Joan Cusack ... Marsha Dillon
Dan Aykroyd ... Mr. Vice President
Sergej Trifunovic ... Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini
Ned Bellamy ... Ooq-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini / Zubleh
John McLaughlin ... Himself
Montel Williams ... GuideStar Voice (voice)
Ben Kingsley ... Walken / The Viceroy
Lyubomir Neikov Lyubomir Neikov ... Omar Sharif (as Lubomir Neikov)
Nikolay Stanoev Nikolay Stanoev ... Bhodi Bhundhang (as Nikolai Stanoev)
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Director (as Georgi Zlatarev)
Bashar Rahal ... Video Guy #1
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Video Guy #2 (as Vesilav Pavlov)
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Storyline

A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah, an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter in check. Written by fmmini

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Taglines:

When it comes to war...America means business See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,336, 25 May 2008

Gross USA:

$580,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,296,184
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The "German Businessman" and his associates that Hauser (John Cusack) kills in the beginning of the movie speak a mixture of gibberish and Bulgarian. The kids he encounters in Fallaf also speak Bulgarian. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback, when Ben Kingsley's character aims his two guns at John Cusack's character in the garbage truck, he is holding his two guns with the two point fingers at the trigger. But when the camera switches, the left arm's finger isn't on the trigger anymore. See more »

Quotes

Natalie Hegalhuzen: [upon hearing an explosion outside] When did they start attacking inside the Emerald City?
Brand Hauser: I wouldn't call that an attack.
[explosion goes off right outside office]
Brand Hauser: Technically, that was a bombing. At least it sounded like it was. Not an attack, which would imply something else.
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Crazy Credits

BeTolerant.com is listed twice in the thanks section of the credits, despite this resulting in an odd number of entries and causing the last entry to have to go against the rest of the layout (centered, vs two-column) to keep things even. See more »


Soundtracks

Salam, La Paz Al Final
Written by Jean, Kamel, Maurice, Mehdi, Patrick
Performed by Alabina
Published by LoveCat Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Skipping satire through to slapstick
18 July 2008 | by vostfSee all my reviews

The satire is in the background, but the main quality of War, Inc. is to suppose you are in this particular mood. The problem is: how do you deal with big jokes and serious matters if you're going to skip plain satire? Ay, there's the rub. John Cusack plays a high-flying hit-man with a bit of a conscience ready to surface again after years of sealed-jaws dedication. Then satire in the background creates big comedy situations and then back again to our hero whose background we are told little by little until we can foresee how it will all be brought together.

On the whole it's pretty funny, the acting is great, but you don't feel there's a real big movie, only an independent flick struggling with settings - well, working its guts off to get the most of each set to be honest, pleased with its premise but lacking a real steady stance. As a comedy it would have been much better with the hero as a real cynical guy who happens to have a physical malfunction. As a thriller/actioneer it would need to build a more intricate script.

So it's one of those movies who don't really know their genre, what jokes they are playing against what characterization. And the pathos within once again proves to be a complacent device for writers and producers-actors looking for a bit of ready-to-wear substance.


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