Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an exciting and suspense filled movie based on the real life memoirs of American Television Journalist, Kim Barker.
Bored with reporting low interest stories, New Yok based Kim (played by Tina Fey), decides to take on a short term assignment as a war correspondent, based in Afghanistan, even though she is in a relationship with Chris (played by Josh Charles). He isn’t at all happy about her decision, but has no choice but to accept it.
Arriving in Afghanistan is a culture shock for Kim. She is assigned to less than elegant living quarters, with the other International Journalists based in Afghanistan. At first she is not sure whether she is going to be able to complete the assignment, but as time goes by, and she befriends Tanya Vanderpoel, a renowned Australian Journalist (Played by Margot Robbie) and the lecherous Scottish photographer, Iain MacKelpie (played by Martin Freeman), whose womanising reputation precedes him, Kim starts to settle down, and thrive on the danger and the challenges.
With the assistance of her Afghan guide, Fahim (Played by Christopher Abbot), she interviews American soldiers, and goes on embedded missions with American Marines Commander, General Hollanek, (Played by Billy Bob Thornton). As with all war correspondents, Kim ignores the warnings of those around her, and goes to any length to “get the story”, and capture combat situations on camera. This infuriates Fahim and the General, who repeatedly warn her not to risk her life as she continually puts herself in grave danger, but Kim is hooked and seems oblivious to the risks. The adrenalin rush becomes addictive, the environment becomes her home and she becomes involved in a relationship with Iain, despite her better judgement.
Months turn into years and what most people would regard as insanity, becomes the norm for Kim.
The film gives the audience a stark glimpse into life in war time Afghanistan, the reign of terror inflicted on the Afghan people by the Taliban, the plight of women in this harsh environment and the role played by the American military.
It is super exciting and suspense filled, and has a generous sprinkling of humour, and I guarantee you will be on the edge of your seat until the very end.
The film was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, produced by Ian Bryce, Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels, and released by Paramount Pictures.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot releases at cinemas countrywide on 13 May, and is classified 16 LV.