Rating: R, Time: xx min, Director: Todd Phillips, Cast on IMDb
So what's your take on the Scarface poster?
Well, the main character loves Scarface, so I guess its appropiate. Of course if you think there should be massive killing involved then it feels a bit hollow. Also having a heavy set character being a badass somehow doesn't ring true and the real Efraim is trim. To be threatening like Scarface you have to be trim and mean. He's just beligerent verbally and a bit crazy.
How well does the movie flow?
It has a classic from rags to riches and back to rags story. The only catch is since they did many legal or semi-legal deals with the government they get to keep their penthouse condos in Miami. Which is nice for the characters. Has a real parallel to scarface in that they get matching houses next to each other. Of course, in Scarface the main lead Al Pacino gets the really massive house since he has the major cut, which makes a lot more sense. In this movie, the boss likely would have gotten an even cooler condo, but who knows. It is funny that the side kick gets his start as a massage therapist and then has to go back to it in the end.
What are the parallels to the true story?
This is too classic, but Efraim is actually suing Bradley Cooper and the director Phillips over the film. I guess they did a copy of the story even though Efraim already had written a story called "Once a gunrunner". This is kind of hilarious as Bradley plays a minor part in the film as the major illegal gun runner that short changes Afraim in the film on an Albanian gun deal that ultimately unravels their whole gun running business. Now if Cooper really didn't get the rights to the original story from the real Afraim, he may be facing a major copyright issue. Its the rich taking advantage of the poor allo over again.
In reality Efraim made a $300 million deal running guns by his early 20s before his arrest for the Afgan deal. They did smoke a lot of pot as well. There likely was even more drug use than in the story. Also all the AK-47 ammunition from China is still in use by Afgan police force. The reason they had to be arrested is that the US government under Bush didn't care where the ammunition came from, but once the story broke that they were buying illegal guns with China (we have a weapons trade embargo against China) they administration needed a fall guy for the story, hence the gun runner went to jail.
Why the title War Dogs?
I think it was Cooper's way around the original title of "Once a gunrunner" which is a bit obvious. War dogs originally references real dogs used during wars to help soldiers as scouts and sentries. Dogs in warfare date all the way back to Egyptians. In Rome they actually bred dogs for battle, but the first use trails back to 600 BC by Cimmerians. Later on dogs were traded by royal families as gifts, which led to today's modern dog shows and breeding.
Do you recommend the movie?
Yes, its a classic comedy I think. Not as funny as say the Hangover, but has good potential. I think the love story with the 2nd partner adds a bit of balance from the craziness of Efraim, but in reality they both would have been partying like crazy. I was looking forward to it, since I heard about it.
Do you have any artwork related to the film?
Like Efraim, I love Scarface the movie. I created a painting based on the movie with a deeper dive into the craziest drug dealers like Pablo Escobar that makes the real-life Scarface look like nothing in comparison. Pablo started as a common drug dealer and took over his countries entire supply of cocaine and tried to assassinate the President of Columbia and fight against the Supreme Court, Army and President all at the same time.
Coke. It's the Real Thing (SOLD)
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