Saw a terrific movie yesterday. “Argo”. It’s based on the true story of the Iran hostage crisis that took place between November 4, 1979 and January 20, 1981. At the time 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the American Embassy in Tehran.
How ironic that his film would be playing at a time when, once again, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran has been so recently under attack.
In the film, which is directed by Ben Affleck (and produced by Affleck and George Clooney), six diplomats escape from the embassy and narrowly miss being captured; and they take refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador, Ken Taylor. When none of the State Department options for getting them safely out of the country seem viable, they call in a CIA specialist, Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, as a consultant.
That’s all I’m going to tell you, because I don’t want to give it away. This is definitely a should-see movie. Suffice to say, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat. In the theatre I was in, you didn’t hear a pin drop.
Of course, as a Canadian, I was also feeling very proud of the role we played. I remember Continue reading →