“Chilling. A political thriller in documentary form. Moss and Gerber clearly understand that the ticktock of this hypothetical insurgency will make for exciting cinema. An excellent film." - Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

"Feels like watching a slightly less absurdist version of DR. STRANGELOVE. The ending might be a tad happier, but the danger feels much more present. WAR GAME forces us to imagine what we wish was impossible, so that we can keep it that way.” - Sam Adams, Slate

Opens August 9 | In the thrilling, hybrid documentary WAR GAME, a bipartisan group of United States defense, intelligence, and elected policymakers participate in an unscripted role-play exercise in which they consider the sobering possibility of a political coup backed by rogue members of the US military in the wake of a contested 2024 presidential election (sound familiar?). Like actors in a thriller, but with profound real-world stakes, the players have only six hours to save American democracy and avoid civil war. Gripping, sobering, and perfectly timed as we hurtle toward a presidential election that will go down in American history no matter what the outcome, WAR GAME serves as an urgent warning and one of the scariest films you’ll see this year. Film Center exclusive. 

Awards & Nominations

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival, Doc10

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu