Thursday, 1 November 2012
I don't know a lot about what actually happened in the true story so I did some research (And almost immediately found myself downloading the e-version of Antonio Mendez' book). As it turns out, the movie left a lot of things out (as movies based on actual events tend to do). There's a really good article about some of the inaccuracies here. Mostly, they ignored just how much the Canadians helped in getting the six people out of Iran. In the movie, the Canadians are seen as little more than innkeepers when they probably did more than the Americans in getting them out. As a Canadian, you would think this would anger me. But it doesn't. This is an American movie made to sell tickets in America. So it stands to reason that they are going to focus on Americans. If Canada wants to get credit for the unbelievable stuff we do in the intelligence world, then our film industry needs to step up. Second, when you adapt a true story (especially one so intricate), you have to leave some stuff out. Otherwise, you end up with a drawn out, 3 hour film that will inevitably be very boring in spots. So all the prep work that the Canadians did in real life had to be sacrificed for thrilling, cinematic value.
So forget any inaccuracies and see this movie for what it is: a near perfect dramatic thriller with great pace and fantastic comic relief from John Goodman and Alan Arkin. It's perhaps the best movie I've seen this year and I've seen a lot of good movies this year.