- 24 Aug 16
Jonah Hill excels in remarkable real life tale
If current trends in film and television have taught us anything, it is that truth is most definitely stranger than fiction.
Two of the best films of the summer have been the scarcely believable documentaries Weiner and Author: The JT Leroy Story, while there have been several screen adaptations of the OJ Simpson saga in recent times.
The latest work to draw inspiration from an unlikely real life tale is the comedy drama War Dogs, based on a Rolling Stone article (turned into the book Arms And The Dudes) by journalist Guy Lawson. The story tells how a pair of regular blokes from Miami, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz (played by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller), became two of the biggest players in the global arms industry, simply by taking advantage of public auctions on the Pentagon website (a move forced on the US military following the controversy over Dick Cheney's links with Halliburton).