The upcoming Netflix film starring Brad Pitt, War Machine, just dropped it’s final trailer as a precursor to it’s impending release later this month. The trailer is a much more fleshed out view of the narrative and showcases the bountiful and perhaps even unintentional humor surrounding the Iraq war. The film is based on the Novel The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and has Pitt playing US General Glenn McMahon (based on Gen Stanley McChrystal).
The trailer provides insight to the absurdity, and it is clear this is going to be less like Pitts turn in Fury, and more like his stint as Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglorious Basterds. The trials of attempting to “win” a war while being coffined in red tape and endless bureaucracy that cares far more about the appearance of victory than the victory itself. Certainly built on a socio-political foundation and with a sharpened satirical edge. While the film boasts an absurdists approach, it’s arguably right on the nose with true to life parallels. Either way, this movie looks like an absolute riot, and Pitt may be getting type cast in his twilight, if the shoe fits, right?
The trailer itself is great, and provides the most insight of any marketing thus far. The story alone breeds interest, and the execution, though we have limited scope, seems to be on the money. The star power alone is going to project this film into millions of homes, plus the day and date set up by Netflix makes this accessible to just about everyone on the planet for no money or even any commitment. Check out the new War Machine trailer below. The film premieres on Netflix on May 26th and also stars 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.
Here’s the official synopsis for War Machine:
In a film 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 anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story 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 his own hubris and a journalist’s no-holds-barred expose. War Machine addresses the debt we owe to soldiers to question the purposes to which they are being directed.
The Netflix original film is inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Joining Pitt in War Machine is a highly decorated cast including Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Alan Ruck, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton and Sir Ben Kingsley. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ted Sarandos and Ian Bryce serve as producers. James W. Skotchdopole, Pauline Fischer, Sarah Bowen and Sarah Esberg serve as executive producers. The film will be released on Netflix on May 26, 2017.