Jeff Labrecque
August 07, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/04/16
performer
Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina
director
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
author
David Shafer
publisher
Mulholland Books
genre
Thriller

We gave it an B-

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. That’s the premise of this techno-thriller, which imagines a corporate cabal — think Google — that is spying on customers and is poised to ”sneak tyranny into our lives through convenience.” Leila, a Dagny Taggart-like character who can’t fight the nefarious conspiracy herself, meets two unlikely heroes who join her resistance movement. You get the impression that Shafer loved everything about Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged except its politics; the author relies too much on giant data-dumps of plot detail that should be parceled out more elegantly, and by page 422, the story is only getting started. B-

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