Film ~ Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Review

First, note that the trailer is misleading and suggests that this is a comedy but it’s a drama to the point where the title is taken from the military phonetic alphabet.

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, the film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker.

The American biographical drama follows a journalist, Kim Baker (Tina Fey) as she decides to change her bicycle routine and embark on a new journey. The unpredictable assignment  is to cover the current wartime in Kabul, Afghanistan. Set up in a fun house out of her comfort zone, Baker begins to learn the ropes when she befriends, Tanya Vanderpoel (Margot Robbie).

Filming combat action and a female producing war reportage brought to mind CNN Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour. As an embedded journalist, Baker conducts interviews with Marine Colonel Hollanek (Billy Bob Thornton) and his team where internal experiences are exposed. The ‘War On Terror’ begins to unfold in its context.

While attempting to understand Islamic culture, Baker discovers what it’s like to be a woman in that society. Often she relies on the reserved and intuitive translator, Fahim Ahmadzai (Christopher Abbot). Despite her getting into dangerous situations, she learns military thinking during chopper sessions, intense explosions and car ambushes.

Along with other foreign cable news producers such as love interest, Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman) it’s a rush to gain the trust of an influential Afghan Minister, Ali Massoud Sadiq (Alfred Molina) and local women for interviews to score the next big story. Soon we see that a war zone is not for everyone. This film also highlights the life of Western female reporters in Muslim countries. It’s great for journalists.

 

 

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