Loosely based on the Obama era of the war in Afghanistan, War Machine features the star power of Brad Pitt and Ben Kingsley but unfortunately lacks an interesting story. There aren’t too many positives I can come up with for this film. Brad Pitt doesn’t really hit the mark with his satirical performance, the story is just plain boring, the Obama lookalike is cringeworthy and any interesting film techniques are fairly illusive.
Ben Kingsley was quite funny and was a definite highlight in the film but sadly rarely featured in it. The only remotely interesting point in War Machine was when US soldiers were ordered to clear a small town leading to a poignant moment. Sorry Netflix, despite the big name stars, this one was bland.
Directed By: David Michôd
Rating: MA 15+