Atlanta, Ga. 12/26/2007 11:13 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)
Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, was insightful film for those of us who may not have known the story behind how the Cold War was won.
The film is based on Congressman Charlie Wilson from Texas who supplied weapons to the Afghan’s during the Cold War so that they could themselves against the Soviet Union and in essence fight the war for the United States.
Tom Hank’s plays Charlie Wilson, a congressman from the great state of Texas. Wilson loves woman and booze, in no particular order but preferably together. Wilson finds himself in the middle of an F.B.I. investigation launched by real life Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani is fixated on proving that Wilson used cocaine one evening while in Las Vegas with a room full of strippers and prostitutes.
While in Vegas Wilson is watching the news and sees a story on the Afghans being blown up daily by the Soviet Union and generates his own fixation on doing something about their unfortunate circumstance that, properly orchestrated, could benefit the United States.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays CIA agent Gust Avrakotos who is under-appreciated for his work over the previous 20 years in the field. Due to his superiors’ lack of confidence, Gust has nothing to lose so he teams up with Charlie to get weapons to the Afghans and defeat the Soviets. Between the two of them, and the aid of Roberts, who plays Joanne Herring, a wealthy socialite, history shows that they pull it off.
The film is a brief 97 minutes and is well acted. The storyline keeps your attention and I must say Hanks is more believable as a politician than Tom Cruise was earlier this year in Lions for Lambs.
Charlie Wilson’s War is a good film that I recommend taking the time to see if not for the acting, then for the story itself. It is a clear example of the United States government deciding what countries to rebuild after they are destroyed and which ones to leave alone. Prior to the closing credits Charlie Wilson is quoted as saying as much.
Charlie Wilson’s War, 2 ½ stars out of 4.
Review: Peter Tosto