Saturday, April 20, 2013


Some movies entertain, some educate; this one does both – sort of. This is a good movie: tense, gripping, well acted. It covers a very important part of recent history, one which has direct bearing on the current state of American international affairs. It also deliberately misrepresents some of these events.
I’m not particularly complaining, actually. I expect that any movie “based on a true story” will be modified to make a better movie. I am somewhat concerned that the vast majority of moviegoers will not have that expectation. Nor are they likely to immediately go home and read the Wikipedia articles on the Canadian Caper and the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
The movie was entertaining. The Wikipedia articles describe actual events. There is a reasonable amount of overlap between the two.
If you’re looking for a quality thriller, this is one. It ranks as low as it does because I can’t quite get over historical inaccuracies, and because key parts of the ending were forced.

1. The Avengers
2. The Amazing Spiderman
3. Brave
4. The Cabin in the Woods
5. Looper
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. The Secret World of Arrietty
8. Argo
9. The Dark Knight Rises
10. Men in Black 3
11. Prometheus
12. Hunger Games
13. The Lorax
14. Snow White and the Huntsman
15. Total Recall
16. Bourne Legacy
17. Mirror, Mirror
18. John Carter

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