Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Charlie Wilson's War

Based around the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, the film chronicles how Charlie Wilson, a playboy Texan politican, gets involved in covertly increasing the CIA's anti-communism budget from $5 million to over $1 billion.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is the star of the film, playing a savvy, non-pc CIA agent. Tom Hanks is also superb in his role of Charlie Wilson. And the synergy between the two of them is a joy to watch. Some of the best (and funniest) moments in the film are the verbal exchanges between Phil and Tom.

The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) has done a brilliant job of condensing George Crile's 2003 tome into 90 minutes of entertaining and thought-provoking cinema.

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