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Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña Team Up for The Action Packed Blockbuster, War On Everyone

War On Everyone Hollywood Movie
Written by Poorva Tamhane
War On Everyone is a British black comedy that’s also a buddy-cop movie starring actors Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena in lead roles. The movie has been directed and written by John Michael McDonagh known for the 2011 movie The Guard and the 2014 movie The Cavalry. War On Everyone is essentially about two corrupt officers set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. The rest of the cast includes Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephanie Stigman and David Wilmot in lead roles. The movie was released at the 66th Berlin International Festival and has been released in the UK and Ireland as well.

War on Everyone Poster

War On Everyone’s two-minute-long trailer shows us that we are in for a frenetic, foul mouthed warped version of a seventies TV cop show that has everything from vintage muscle cars and funky opening-credits tune, with an aesthetic that is also inspired by the nineties. It is a formula movie but it packs a punch with the performances of Skarsgård and Peña that look to be a kind of multiracial buddy-cop exercise that’s inspired and does the job well. The former’s towering thin white drunk cut out and the latter’s stocky Hispanic smart-ass kind of a figure complement each other nicely as they play the characters of Detective Terry Monroe and Detective Bob Bolaño respectively.

In the trailer, we see the two corrupt cops returning to the police force after being suspended for assaulting a racist co-worker. The duo seems to be more joyous than guilty about this recent transgression. After establishing their badassery, the real story comes to focus where we are shown a robbery that has netted the perpetrators nearly a million dollars. Terry and Bob are seen in pursuit of this cash and that seems to be essentially the plotline of the movie. Along their journey they encounter a steady stream of quirky characters and deal with a very exasperated boss nagging them all along.

To paraphrase the Clash song that the movie seems to borrow the plotline from, these gentlemen flout the law, and the law losses. War On Everyone is set to hit theatres in December.

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