In honor of its latest release, I Declare War, being available on all of the usual VOD platforms as well as in theaters starting today, Drafthouse Films has decided to put the first five minutes of the film up on Youtube for everyone to try out—which is probably a smart move for smaller films like this that people might be on the fence about seeing or maybe aren’t even aware of, don’t you think?
From directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson, I Declare War is a sort of fantastical film about a group of kids running around outside playing war. Where the fantasy comes in is that we see things the way kids do—with an overactive imagination that makes sticks look like real guns, paint-filled balloons look like real grenades, and daycare centers look like real villages full of possible foreign operatives that need to be massacred and burnt to the ground. Okay, so I made that last one up. This film doesn’t seem to be that dark. The main kid is inspired to play war games by Patton, after all, not Platoon.
Click through to watch the first five minutes, as well as a pretty stylish title sequence that spells out exactly what the rules of playing war are. Just in case all that stuff you got up to in your college years wiped away the memory.
It was kind of jarring seeing that first kid get mowed down with a real gun, wasn’t it? And then the kids start dropping F-bombs too. Realistic language like that is the stuff you used to see all the time from kids movies back in the 80s, but that kind of got squashed once the PC era of the 90s rolled around and made the whole world lame. It seems like I Declare War could be a fun throwback to stuff from that era like The Goonies or The Monster Squad, but with some decidedly filthier R-rated envelope pushing. I definitely know what I’m doing after work tonight now. How about you? War starts at midnight.