No better words have been spoken to describe the mess that was Afghanistan for America. This trailer shows General Glenn McMahon’s task in more details and the fruitless task it was thought to be. That and his own belief in his folly. That and a great deal of help from the work by a journalist who finally brought his world down in a heap.
In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd 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.