Review in Brief: War on Everyone (2016)

What a fall from grace WAR ON EVERYONE represents for John Michael McDonagh. Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård are both fine, but the characters they play manage to be unappealing and uninteresting at the same time. They’re up against a weird bunch of bad(der) guys that don’t work in the slightest, and strange editing choices and stunning New Mexico landscapes are used to make up for a lack of substance. It’s not nasty enough to be an exploitation film, not smart enough to be satire and not funny enough to be a comedy either. McDonagh’s own CALVARY was funnier than this, and that wasn’t a comedy. When your best joke is spotting the one black guy in Iceland and your best scene is Skarsgård dancing with Tessa Thompson to Glen Campbell, you know you’re lacking a certain something. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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