Courtesy: Roadshow Films
Two friends in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.
Courtesy: Roadshow Films
In a world where bidding on American arms contract deals are published on a public website for all to see, two small town guys start a business to play with the big boys.
This is the true story of Efraim (a seemingly gangster arms dealer) and his high school friend David (a rich old men masseuse) as they go after an arms deals with the US Government.
Their first big deal is getting guns from Italy to Iraq. Simple, straight forward transaction right?
Due to Italy cutting trade deals with Iraq and on ongoing war, they have no way of getting the guns to the troops and complete the deal. Their first major deal could blow their business before it begins.
Efraim and David come up with the idea of getting the guns transported to Jordan, as it shares a boarder with Iraq, but of course customs seize their product. Another unexpected road block in their master plan.
So as the desperate guys they are, they get on a plane and fly to Jordan to pay off some other guys to get their guns and they fly them to Iraq. Who would have guessed? More problems!
It was that easy to just fly their guns into Iraq, so they decide the only way to get them to their already very annoyed client, was to drive obliviously through the “Triangle of Death”.
Their eventual success puts them on the map and they upgrade their crew and lifestyle.
Their next deal is the biggest thing they've ever done. A deal that was asking for the impossible, the 'Afghanistan Deal'. The deal requires 10 million of the most in demand bullets in the world. So where on earth would they get them from? Albania of course!
This is where the movie starts to take a turn. Relationships get destroyed, people get threatened and killed and the ultimate demise of Efraim and David. Don’t get me wrong the movie is highly entertaining and Jonah Hill plays a great character, but it really wasn’t convincing. He made his character out to be more like El Chapo than an arms dealer business man with a school kid side kick.
See the movie if you're into war and the many stories, thanks to the US Government.
3 out of 5 Choc Tops
Jonah Hill, Miles Teller