OF PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS - Argo Search Your Conscience


By Tony Russell

For the last couple of years, we've gotten together with our neighbors Don and Ellen once a month to watch a movie together. We alternate: one month at our house, the next month at theirs, with the host couple picking the film. It was all Patty's idea; she refers to it as "double date night," which gives you some idea of what a wild night life we lead.

This month was at our house, and we'd picked Argo, the 2012 film about a scheme to free six Americans trapped in the Canadian embassy in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. The film is based on a real event, with a CIA "extractor"--played by Ben Affleck--who comes up with the crazy idea of getting the six out of Iran by pretending they're Canadians scouting out locations for a science fiction film in the Iranian desert.

The film's a thriller, and when it was over, we sat there for a minute, in that post-movie limbo where you transition back into the reality around you. Ellen was the first to come out of movie-world. "I don't get it," she said.

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