War Machine looks to be a superb comedy that’d look great on any cinema screen, but this one is reserved solely for Netflix and stars Brad Pitt as Gen. Glen McMahon, 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.
The film tells an absurdist war story for our times, as writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates the man’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part-reality, part-savage parody – raising the spectre 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.
War Machine also stars Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Anthony Michael Hall, Emory Cohe, Topher Grace, Daniel Betts, Alan Ruck, Will Poulter, Keith Stanfield, Ben Kingsley, Meg Tilly and Griffin Dunne, it’s available on Netflix from May 26th and I can’t wait to see it.
Check out the trailer below, and click on the top image of Mr Pitt with Mr Kinglsey for the full-size version.
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