Sunday, February 10, 2013

on Argo

Scott and I saw Argo last night (about two months later than the rest of the world).  It was good.  Really, really good.  As we left the theatre, I turned to Scott and said "now THAT'S a movie".  I gravitate toward fluff (exhibit A) and this was meat-y and true(ish) and just rock solid.  If you haven't seen it, I'd encourage you to.  It was worth the theatre sticker price.

If you haven't seen it, a quick summary from a spot-on IMDB review:

Argo follows the unbelievable true story of six Americans that have found shelter with the Canadian ambassador in Iran when the revolution reaches a boiling point. The CIA works alongside some heavy hitters in Hollywood to create a fake film production to concoct a risky plan to try and get them out of the country.

It was a movie that made me think.  Over the past 24 hours, I've thought about Tony Mendez.  The kind of bravery and just... guts that he had.  Wow.  And even if you could summon up the courage to board a flight and make a rescue attempt, the cool demeanor and calm levelheadedness that would be required to successfully complete the rescue mission?  Unbelievable.  That's the kind of guy that you want in the trenches when trouble is brewing.

There's more to say, but for now - go watch Argo.

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