While film festivals are generally seen as the place where cinephiles sit down for nourishing meals of High Art and Important Films, even the most devout follower of celluloid sometimes just wants to relax a bit. And at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, “War On Everyone” may play that role.
The picture, which makes its World Premiere at the fest, is directed by John Michael McDonagh (“Calvary,” “The Guard“), stars Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot, and follows a pair of crooked cops who blackmail everyone in their path, until one criminal offers them a true challenge. Here’s the synopsis:
Terry & Bob: tougher than Starsky & Hutch, funnier than Laurel & Hardy and better looking than Siegfried & Roy. These hard-to-impress buddy cops blackmail the entirety of New Mexico, plant cocaine on small-time hoods with bubble perms, consume it there and then, drink non-stop, ram their snazzy car into a wall, return to wife and kids (as Bob does, played by Michael Pena), marvel at ‘chicks with dicks’, or fall in love with the right sort of girl (as Terry does, played by Alexander Skarsgård). But a British Lord, especially a real one, will not allow himself to be pushed around in the manner to which these carefree, chaotic cops have become accustomed. Terry and Bob get more entangled in a web of blackmail, abduction and drugs than they could ever have imagined even in their wildest acid-nightmares…
Keep an eye out for our review. Until then, here’s the first clip from “War On Everyone.” [Cineuropa]