better than i had anticipated. gives a little historical background for us middle east ignorami. pretty well edited and written, dare i say directed, too. nice use of cross cutting toward the end.
a central theme is the anonymity that the CIA operates under. it’s a no glory position in a lot of ways. that institution is both the villain (because of their role in overthrowing the democratically elected leader of iran) and the hero (because they helped rescue the six hostages that the movie follows).
after the movie ended affleck gives a little nod to carter and lets him have the last word. someone in the audience said something about the remaining hostages being saved “no thanks to you.” i found that funny because, while it’s true, it doesn’t exactly acknowledge the deal reagan and ollie north did. we live in funny times.Watched in theater