During the 1991 Gulf War, US soldiers George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Spike Jonze and Ice Cube find a treasure map on a captured Iraqi soldier.

The maverick military men decide to go in search of the loot, leading to a mesmerising mixture of black comedy, violence and off-the-wall film-making.

The most memorable of a non-stop round of problems facing them on their surreal journey are a cow, bullet wounds, kidnapping and troublesome mobile phones but, throughout, the action never lets up and the wisecracks flow freely against a background of startling imagery.