Wasn't sure about this movie at first when I heard the premise, but the more I heard about it, the more I wanted to see it. I was old enough to remember bits of this, but mostly the way a child does--disconnected images that are hard to fit together. I remember the yellow ribbons, and that people were scared, and the political shouting matches that went on at the time. But I didn't fully understand the impact of what was going on.
This movie brought it all back. Not just the Crisis, but the seventies. Star Wars, political unrest in the Middle East, Carter...all of it. Like the Cuban Missile Crisis, we are very lucky this did not blow up in our faces.
The movie itself is a perfect way to show this time, and the dangers of interfering in other countries' internal politics. Not to get on a soap box, or to blame anyone, but interference in other countries only ends up making those interfering the scapegoats, regardless of intent. And this movie shows just how bad things can get, with innocents caught in the middle.
It uses just enough humor and hope to keep you wanting to watch despite the dark subject matter, and to keep you rooting for the CIA, a group that has been vilified quite a bit since. Ben and the rest of the cast were excellent, and all represented their characters in a way that seemed to meld actor and character.
It left me feeling like no matter how dark things get, so long as we work together, things can get better. All it takes is cooperation.
I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys political intrigue or modern history.