Release Date: 4 March 2016
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, Joh Requa
Writers: Robert Carlock (screenplay), Kim Barker (based on the book “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan)
Production Co: Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Paramount Pictures
Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images
I saw one review about how the movie was ‘meh”. I would say, I just may have to agree.
I like Tina Fey. I like her sassy, comedic self. I was trying to see this in a different perspective. You know, former military. I couldn’t. Granted, my Army pals can tell me (and of course Marines) that there is not a lot to do in Afghanistan. It just depends on where you are going. Bagram – probably not. Who knows? Patrol the FOB. Protect whomever. Train the locals. Stay alive. Keep training on your weapon.
This is the “civilian” factor. A news reporter, okay, war correspondent, point of view. Get the good story and stay “alive”. I mean, alive as in a favorite of the network you are representing. Then fall into a rut. Relationships end and odd ones start. A vicious cycle that keeps going until you put an end to it.
There were some good moments in the movie. I actually liked the “embarrassing” character played by Alfred Molina. The Attorney General was trying to be smooth. Can’t hurt a guy for trying. HAH! My movie co-hort felt that they should have casted a local, but who knows what happened there.
You see Kim Baker change, drastically then gradually. Confusing right? I know. You’ll see it, when and if you decide to go.
I think the best part of the movie is General Hollaneck (Billy Bob Thornton). No nonsense, straightforward with some leeway. Nice supporting role for Thorton. I wonder if he is trying to stay out of the limelight. I digress.