19 October 2012

You know it is fall in Charleston when...

Savannah Hwy, Charleston, S.C.

Ummm. You know it is fall in Charleston when the cockroaches get out their seasonal wear.

I made it to my Friday afternoon matinee and saw Argo. Wow. It was such an incredible stunt they pulled off it is still hard to believe it worked. The movie is based on a true story that I have no recollection of being aware of. It was particularly impressive to me because I had been in some of the settings that were featured in the movie - the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the marketplace in Tehran a few years before all this happened. I was on the edge of my seat. Go see it if you can. 

Argo: In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage. However, six manage to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA is eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devises a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez creates the ruse and proceeds to Iran as its associate producer. However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House have grave doubts about the operation themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)