War Machine

Brad Pitt Teams with David Michod for Netflix’s War Machine

March 2, 2017
That's War Machine, not War Daddy.

Hey, David Michod’s back! It’s been three years since The Rover, his not-too-shabby follow up to the incredible Animal Kingdom, and we’d been wondering what he was up to. Turns out he’s been making a Netflix movie just like everybody else, pointing his camera at Brad Pitt for War Machine.

Anthony Michael Hall, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hayes, Topher Grace, John Magaro, Daniel Betts

Riffing on The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings, War Machine is apparently an “absurdist war story for our times”, a claim which puts us in mind of Catch-22 – and that’s potentially some hubris right there. Pitt is “rock star” General Glenn McMahon, whose rise and fall is, according to the presser, “…part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today.  His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly.  At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.”

War Machine

Brad Pitt, Sir Ben Kingsley

Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly co-star – plus Aussies Anthony Hayes and Justin Rosniak are also along for the ride – in what could be a savage satire on the military-industrial complex and the intersection between public interest and operational security – we hope.

War Machine hits the ‘Flix on May 26, 2017.

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