Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt
But the footage in the trailers seems to present an action/thriller focused on the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction, which the book barely touched upon, and full of far-left conspiracy theories about the CIA that the book certainly didn't speculate on and history has seemed to disprove. That's not a movie I'm interested in seeing. I'm never comfortable with movies that are too cavalier at blurring the line between reality and fiction. Oliver Stone's presidential biopics JFK, Nixon and W. all bothered me for the same reason.
In fact, the film sticks pretty close to the broad outlines of established history, inventing only one item (the "Magellan" source) that, I would argue, is a MacGuffin in both the film and actual historical events (the latter point being something on which I can't elaborate under the HTF Rules). I enjoyed watching it, but the film has a strange quality. It's an expertly crafted action thriller that, for all its kinetic style, plays like a train wreck in slow motion, because you know exactly where it has to end.
Just a side note: The CIA, as represented by Brendan Gleeson's character, are presented as good
guys, who were trying (unsuccessfully) to head off the insurgency.