Saturday, December 22, 2007

Charlie Wilson's War

In Charlie Wilson's War, sharp dialogue and beautiful people are a stark contrast to the plight in Afghanistan in the '80s. Millions in refugee camps, Soviet troops blasting the crap out of the Afghan countryside and it's people, it was a pretty desperate situation. Money and weapons were needed to keep a "situation" from becoming a war. Charlie Wilson, a Texas congressman, and CIA operative Gust Avrakatos, rose to the challenge and coordinated a covert war that brought the Soviets to their knees. Performances from Tom Hanks (who resembles the real Charlie Wilson), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Julia Roberts are so effortless with the words of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, under the masterful direction of Mike Nichols. A strong film about an important struggle in world history.

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