War Inc (2008)
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A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (Aykroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man (Cusack), to kill a Middle East oil minister
More Info............: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0884224/
Part Size............: 700 MB
Number of Parts......: 1
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Burn Tested..........: Yes
Audio Format.........: MP3
Encoder..............: MPEG-1 Layer 3
Bitrate..............: 112 (CBR)
Channels.............: Joint Stereo
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Video Bitrate........: 797
Movie Length.........: 01:46:50
Resolution...........: 640 x 272
Genre................: Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama | Thriller
IMDb Rating..........: 7.2/10
Is this any good for the OBT minded audience? I saw Cusack on Democracy Now. The clips didn't look like anything worth seeing.
May 26 2008, 17:23 CEST
Well this film is a little more mainstream at least for a documentary. It opened May 23, 2008 and is showing in 2 Toronto theatres.
May 29 2008, 01:08 CEST
"Well this film is a little more mainstream at least for a documentary."
This is not a documentary, but a fictional satire.
As far as the "OBT minded audience", it's silly to even suggest that there is a thing. We do not have one mind, although sometimes Big Brother, the "powers that be" here do like to determine what is proper for all of us to see, a very unfortunate thing. Think for yourself. A frightening concept for some, I know.
I've seen this film, personally it's hard to laugh at some of the things in it, it just hits to close to home. It's a satire, but purposely reflecting current events in Iraq, and the rise of private military power, and there's nothing funny about that imo.
Jun 15 2008, 18:39 CEST
Yeah, this is sort of what I was getting at. Along with all the big laughs in Harold Kumar Escape from Guantanimo. (No I didn't see it. And no I wouldn't download it for free either.)
Jun 16 2008, 00:02 CEST
I watched it, not exactly a masterpiece. And nothing much for the funny bone either.
I don't get the big bruhaha about private military contractors anyway -- what does it matter if the Iraqis are wasted by private contractors or the military?
"As far as the "OBT minded audience", it's silly to even suggest that there is a thing."
Yeah, people who think alike are fascists for the most part..
Jun 16 2008, 11:42 CEST
The military contractors have surfaced in the US at Katrina. they have bases in Carolina and Illinois.
They were thwarted in putting up a training facility in Potrero California. So they moved even closer to the
border at San Diego and are building a 'technical school' with permission of the city. This was done through shell corporations and other unscrupulous business practices.
I wanted to know if the film is any good because I think John Cusack is a pratt and is always in pratt films.
No reason to get wild eyed about 'the OBT minded audience.'
Jun 17 2008, 00:35 CEST
I also saw the Democracy Now episode with Cusak and Jeremy Scahill. Jeremy was raving about the film, and apparently Cusak is friends with him, Naomi Klein also, and talks to them about these issues. I have alot of respect for Jeremy, a good journalist. Loninappleton, if you want to know if the movie is any good, you should just watch it and decide, an obvious suggestion, I know.
About the Bruhaha about private military contractors, the point isn't who wastes people in Iraq, the point is that private power is unaccountable, and that is very dangerous. I know that I don't want to live in a world where unaccountable private mercenaries are killing people, getting paid with my tax dollars through State dept. and Pentagon contracts...
Jun 18 2008, 19:31 CEST
I guess my take on it is that in a time of war, war isn't particularly funny.
I recommend Militainment Inc which is available here on OBT.
Jun 18 2008, 19:41 CEST
"the point isn't who wastes people in Iraq, the point is that private power is unaccountable"
That's exactly my point -- all this talk about accountability is just rhetoric, and actually a distraction. What does the military have to show for all the supposed accountability -- was there a thorough investigation after Abu Ghraib? A couple of G.I. Joes got the axe, but that was it. In the case of the Haditha massacre, not even that happened.
It creates a wrong distinction between good G.I.s and bad private contractors, when in fact they're both very much on the same team.
I don't think Iraqis care that much whether the people who blow them up have a field manual or a court martial.
Jun 18 2008, 19:47 CEST
"That's exactly my point -- all this talk about accountability is just rhetoric, and actually a distraction. What does the military have to show for all the supposed accountability"
We're not really in disagreement here, but there is an obvious distinction to be made. As we can see from the good documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side", there was an investigation, there was accountability, people were punished for the crimes committed at Bagram -- of course, and this is totally obvious, there was no real justice, the wrong people were punished (all privates, I believe, no officers, no civilians in Washington) but at least there was some sort of process. With the private contractors like Blackwater there is nothing -- there is no scheduled trial, there are not even any charges filed against the perpetrators. Nothing. Supposedly the Justice Dept is looking into it. That's the distinction. This phenomena could get worse. Lets hope not.
Jun 18 2008, 20:09 CEST
I figure I can't really complain about the war, other than innocent civilians being killed... but the good that comes from that is the 4000 idiots who were stupid and murderous enough to enlist are no longer with us... and if it wasn't for them I'd have to go die for the rich christian bastards. 4000 less mindless mongoloids, who beat up gays and are breed to kill, would have come back only to become asshole Cops. isn't war... privately funded or no... somewhat of a blessing to those of us with at least average IQ's? And from an atheists perspective ... the 10th crusade (aka the Iraq war) also means Christian and Muslim fascist sheep are killing each other off... another blessing in disguise. Call me an Asshole, you don't have to agree, but economic hardship is a small price to pay for such wonderful rewards.
Jul 27 2008, 15:39 CEST