Tom Hanks has proven to us that when he's involved in a period piece movie, it's going to be a success. Think Catch Me If You Can, Band of Brothers, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, the recent HBO miniseries John Adams and now Charlie Wilson's War (among others!).
Set in the 1980s during the Cold War, Charlie Wilson's War is based on the outrageous true story of a covert mission in Afghanistan led by Congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks), Houston socialite and political activist Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) and rogue CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
After seeing the horrific conditions at an Pakistan-based Afghan refugee camp, Wilson manages to increase the CIA's anti-communism budget in order to help the Afghans fight against the Soviets.
The film offers valuable insight into the situation that our country is currently in; though this covert operation helped to end the Cold War, the film presents viewers with the question, "Did anyone think it through enough?" And did this mission then lead to unexpected consequences of the United States' detachment from Afghanistan? This, of course, sparks viewers to wonder if our current war was thought through thoroughly from the onset.
Whether you want to take Charlie Wilson's War as a statement on our country today, or just an eye-opening lesson in history, the acting is superb and the drama is excellent, with just the right amount of comedy sprinkled throughout the story.
Plus, with the release of the DVD, you can view interviews with the cast, director Mike Nichols, Charlie Wilson and Joanne Herring, as well as an intriguing profile of Charlie himself.
Watch the trailer