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True, this term makes many films even more exciting. Even oppressive. You cannot imagine that what you see actually happened. When you look up the stories about those films, you find out that little or nothing has been lied about it. Here are three recommendations.
History lesson through welcome distraction
Nowadays we work a lot from home and we also do a lot of business on the laptop: make an appointment with the hairdresser, look for better insurance for your car, order groceries, … Then you sometimes want to get distracted, for example if you come across a list of films on social media. But in these busy times, distraction is welcome, so find out if you can watch these movies on your laptop for some much-needed relaxation.
The Imitation Game (2014)
In The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch plays the hero Alan Turing, who is employed by the British Secret Service during the Second World War. His impossible task is to decipher the famous Enigma Code, the communication system of the Germans. The messages are intercepted and Turing must crack the code. He does this with a life-size device built by himself, the Turing Machine, in which hundreds of disks communicate with each other and thus function as a kind of computer. In fact, the Turing Machine is known as the world’s first computer. You know the end of World War II, but you may not yet know Alan Turing’s contribution. Blood-curdling exciting, but also heavy and ironic.
In Unbrokendirected by Angelina Jolie, you are introduced to the American Olympian Louis Zamperini, who enrolls in the army that fights Japan in 1943. His bomber crashes. Zamperini survives 47 (!) Days in the Pacific and then faces camp executioner Watanabe for months. That Watanabe has a terrible habit of beating his prisoners with a stick. However, the protagonist’s urge to survive is greater than the sadism of his tormentor. It is a bit of a bite because the scenes in which the caning takes place are confrontational and somewhat long-winded. But the end of the movie is well worth it.
Also really happened: the stunt used to smuggle six American embassy employees out of Iran. Against the backdrop of Tehran, during the hostage crisis in the late 1970s, they escape and seek shelter at the Canadian embassy. It’s only a matter of time until they are discovered there, but protagonist Ben Affleck, in the role of CIA man Tony Mendez, offers some solace. A fake film is being set up, including a press presentation and head office. The six diplomats are told to pretend to be location scouts, scouts looking for nice places to shoot. Mendez is going to personally pick them up from the hostile country. 90 minutes of excitement guaranteed. It is not without reason that the film won an Oscar for best film.