War on Everyone review

Two plainclothes Albuquerque, New Mexico, detectives with rather questionable ethics coast their way through life using bribery, corruption and violence to get what they want. With their lassez faire, no-holds-barred attitude, they’re getting on their chief's last nerve, but when they start pulling at a thread to find out about a robbery which they would like to profit from themselves, they find that the rabbit hole is a lot deeper than it looks.

This black comedy/thriller seems to be all about the hard drinking, but (sometimes) soft-hearted, Glen Campbell-loving Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard) and his well-read, family-orientated but crooked best friend and partner Bob Bolaño (Michael Pena) seem to drift through life and think that the world is theirs to toy with because they have guns and badges.

The film's plot centres on the boys uncovering plans for a bank heist robbery with a $1 million score, and they want to get a cut of it. They’re a hilarious pair with great natural chemistry. While you know that their corrupt ways can’t last forever, and the fact that they’re taking on a criminal kingpin might mean they will come to a rather nasty end, you want them to succeed because they’re fun and likable. But also kind of awful.

Although not quite in the same league as the other comedy cop thriller from 2016, The Nice Guys, War on Everyone is very funny, and with its Glen Campbell score, the proliferation of three-piece suits and the gorgeous, warm Tessa Thompson as a romantic interest for Skarsgard, it's still one of the more fun films that’s come out this year.

If you liked dark cop/crime comedies such as In Bruges and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, or the director's other fare such as Calvary, you are sure to love War on Everyone. It's rude and crude, but very entertaining.

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Hermione Flavia is a Screenjabber contributor

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