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People who believe in conspiracy theories are usually seen as being slightly off their rocker. That is, until their theories turn out to be right. Conspiracy theory movies are popular in Hollywood. They play with the fine line between being paranoid and crazy, and being onto something.
Conspiracy theories in the U.S. often have to do with some mysterious agency covering up a shocking truth or elaborate government plot. In the new movie Red, a group of CIA agents learns too much about one such plot, and has to run from the same government they used to serve. Find out if Devan and Jeff believe in conspiracy theories.
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Jeff: Have you heard about this movie or seen any trailers for Red?
Devan: That’s the one about a former CIA agent, right? And they kind of find out too many secrets about what’s going on with the government?
Jeff: Yeah yeah, I think we’re talking about the same one.
Devan: So it’s kind of a conspiracy theory type movie.
Jeff: I feel like that subject draws quite a crowd.
Devan: Are you into that? Do you believe in government conspiracies? Do you think they’re covering up things that we don’t know about?
Jeff: I don’t know, I could go either way. Sometimes I get all hyped up and convince myself of things, and then, you know, once you take a step back you realize it might be more trouble for the government to create all these elaborate lies. But you never know.
Devan: Yeah, I took a class on the 1960s and we learned about the assassination of JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. And I have to say, there’s some pretty convincing conspiracies about the CIA getting involved with those assassinations, you know? And it really makes you wonder if there is some truth to it.
Jeff asks Devan if she has seen the new movie Red. In the film, a group of CIA agents uncovers too many secrets about the government. Then the agents have to fight to protect their lives.
Red deals with government conspiracies and cover-ups. Jeff isn’t sure if he believes in conspiracy theories. But Devan took a class on the 1960s and learned about some of the conspiracy theories behind the assassinations of some important leaders during that time. She thinks the theories might just be true.
Do you believe in conspiracy theories, or do you think conspiracy theorists need to take a step back? What are some theories that you think might just be true?