Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on a 2011 book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan by American journalist Kim Barker and tells of the journalists experiences as a war reporter.

Barker or Baker (Tina Fey) as she's known in the film is a TV news producer covering bland stories for a local news station. When there's a sudden shake up at the station Baker is suddenly sent to Kabul to cover the American troops stationed there.

Arriving untrained and unprepared in the war zone, Baker takes to falling down the stairs of the airplane as it arrives at the US air base, then she loses all her money as its blown away in the dessert wind and on her first outing into a combat zone she has to camouflage her bright orange rucksack as it makes a bright and easy target for the Taliban that the soldiers are out looking for.

Along the way she meets up with other journalists, most notably a freelance photographer called Iain Mac Kelpie (Martin Freeman with possibly the worst Scottish accent ever put on film) and experienced war reporter and polar opposite to Baker, the glamorous and successful Tanya Vanderpoel (Margaret Robbie).

Whisky Tango Foxtrot is a fish out of water story as Baker, who as time goes on, becomes more forgotten about by her TV Station at home, fights to prove that she's just as good at her job as the more successful journalists that are around her.

The big problem with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which seemingly is U.S military slang for WTF...., is that it doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or a drama. The fault for this is perhaps in the casting of Fey, whilst charismatic Fey is undoubtedly known for her comedy roles and it just feels as if the directors Glen Ficarra and John Requa just gave her a bit too much freedom as a toned down performance from Fey might just have lifted this above the ordinary.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot(15)

1h 52m

Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Nicholas Braun

UK Release: Friday 13th May 2016