John Hamm performed a skillful portrayal as Jason Skiles, the once consummate State Department employee in Beirut in 1972. A decade later, he’s a tanked-up, self-employed union mediator in the States.
In 1982, the U.S. government asked Skiles to return to Beirut; he refused. The cause and effect of Skiles’ life being altered occurred there. The suspension of his friendship with the Cal Riley’s portrayed by Mark Pellegrino, and wife, Alice, portrayed by Kate Fleetwood occurred there. Yet when told his friend, Cal, has been abducted, he returned.
Skiles did not receive a warm welcome in Beirut by those in charge. He was unwanted, although considered an excellent mediator. Foremost seemed to be Skiles’s alcoholism, but in actuality, some government officials covertly uncared if Cal Riley returned. Those officials are expertly portrayed by Dean Norris as the deceptive Gaines. Norris’s expertly applied makeup had me guessing until I looked at the actors in this movie, and Shea Whigham as the irritated Ruzak
Rosamund Pike is outstanding as the cool, unpretentious, Sandy Crowder, the multilingual, State Department employee who eventually contrives with Skiles and, with good reason.
The grown up Karim, portrayed by Idir Chender was also exceptional. In fact, the entire cast were superb. Great movie!