The Largest Covert operation in world history was spearheaded by a whiskey drinking Congressman
This film is based on true events that revolve around a U.S. official and his efforts to prevent the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Charlie Wilson loved whiskey and he loved women, but they didn’t stop him from accomplishing something that should have been impossible.
In the early 80’s The Soviet Army was forcing its way into Afghanistan. The brutality of their surge went seemingly unnoticed by American officials, until Charlie Wilson was made aware of the situation. A socialite from Texas who had been a major contributor to Wilson’s political career informs him of the atrocities that are occurring in Afghanistan. When Charlie Wilson sees the brutality and horror that has been dealt to the Afghani people he quickly works to change things. With the help of a CIA operative the Congressman discovers a method to neutralize the oppressive Soviet forces. With a little hand shaking and a lot of work Charlie Wilson increases the funding that is being funneled to the Afghani people by immense proportions. This funding gives the Afghan people a fighting chance against a massive Soviet fighting force.
Charlie Wilson’s efforts are incredibly unknown by many people, even though some credit the man as one of the key figures in the downfall of The Soviet Union and communism.
The writing in this film is excellent as it always is when done by one of the best in the business, Aaron Sorkin. Tom Hanks gives his usual great performance, but the scene stealer is Oscar Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman plays CIA operative Gust Avrakatos who is instrumental in advising Charlie Wilson in his efforts to help Afghanistan. He kills you with moments of strong and slightly over the top acting, as well as in moments of incredible subtlety where a simple gesture conveys all the intended meaning. The films cast, is brilliant and the writing is on the same level.
4 ½ out of 5 stars.