War Machine: Get excited for Netflix’s absurdist war movie

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War Machine is a Netflix satire on America’s involvement in the Afghanistan War.

Few things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and Brad Pitt starring in war movies.

I mean, the guy likes war more than I like living in a privileged society that doesn’t make their youth join the army – and I like that a lot.

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Tell me this doesn’t get you excited. TELL ME. Source: Netflix.

However, the good thing about big Brad’s war movie fetish is, they’re usually pretty fucking good.

I mean, one of them was Inglorious Basterds – do I really need to elaborate? And if we’re talking about consistency, War Machine looks set to continue the awesome run of epicness.

A Netflix original to be released May 26th this year, War Machine is based on the book ‘The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan’, which is basically about the wild and terrifying inside story of America’s war in Afghanistan. The movie chooses to focus on the powerful, charismatic, slightly insane General of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Glenn McMahon. As you could have probably guessed, he is played by Brad Pitt.

Essentially, General McMahon commands the war on the brink of legality, which ties in with the controversy surrounding America as a nation’s questionable involvement in the war. In a way, the film utilises the General as a vehicle through which to both satirise, expose and critique America’s war in Afghanistan.

But don’t be fooled, this isn’t some heavy, investigative drama. This is a comedy, comparable to the likes of last year’s War Dogs.

What makes this movie even more exciting is its director. Given that he’s Australian and nobody really appreciates our film industry, you probably haven’t heard of him, but David Michôd is a super talented dude.

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David Michôd directed Animal Kingdom and is set to tackle War Machine. Source: SBS

Yet while you may not recognise his name, you’d probably recognise one of his films: Animal Kingdom.

If you aren’t already aware, Animal Kingdom is an Oscar-nominated crime drama about one of Australia’s most notorious criminal families. It also happens to be an Aussie classic, and a must-see in its own right.

So now we’ve got Brad Pitt, a talented Aussie director, and a fascinating premise. I’m not a betting man, but you’ve got my vote that War Dogs is going to an effing good movie.

You can catch the trailer here:

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