War, Inc. is best known as "the movie where Hilary Duff puts a live scorpion down her pants," but it's also one of the wildest stabs at future dystopian satire in ages. The John Cusack vehicle, coming out in May after two years on ice, will probably be a brave failure rather than a sleeper hit, but that doesn't make the attempt any less admirable. This trailer makes it look look like a mashup of Cusack's Grosse Point Blank and a Max Barry novel. Click through for details, and more of the aforementioned scorpion-pants scene.

Nobody will accuse War, Inc. of being subtle, based on the clips I've seen and this synopsis:

War, Inc. is set in the future, when the desert country of Turagistan is torn by a riot after a private corporation, owned by the former US president, has taken over the whole state. John Cusack plays the role of a government assassin, who suppresses his emotions by gobbling down on hot sauce, and is sent to kill a Middle Eastern oil minister. In order to remain undercover, he poses as a production manager of a trade show which includes chaperoning a young pop star, Yonica Babiak (Hilary Duff). Everything changes, however, when the ruthless killer finds himself head-over-heels in love with a sexy reporter. The assassination does not go as planned and things get a bit complicated.


I hadn't realized until I read this that War, Inc. takes place in the future, and pursues the theme of governments and corporations merging into corrupt entities, which is always a good time. It'll probably be a entertainingly broad satire that makes some important points, and runs about 20 minutes too long. [PopCritics]