With filming having taken place all the way back in the fall of 2015, “War Machine” is a movie we hoped would’ve popped up somewhere on the festival circuit last year. It’s taken a bit longer for everything to come together, but that doesn’t make us any less excited for the picture that combines the talents of “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod and Brad Pitt.
Based on the nonfiction book “The Operators” by Michael Hastings, and featuring a cast that includes 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, the film is a satiric look at the downfall a four-star U.S. military General. Here’s the official synopsis:
An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as 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” hits Netflix on May 26th.