Back in 1979, political issues surrounding the United States harboring the hated ex-leader of Iran came to a head on November 4th. The United States embassy was overrun and attacked, leaving everyone inside to be taken hostage, but 6 of the workers were able to get out and seek refuge in the Canadian Ambassador’s house. The only problem with this is they have no way out and if they are found there, they will be killed. Back in the United States, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) is put in charge of getting the 6 Americans out of Iran, and he decides to create a fake movie named “Argo” to convince the Iranian Government the 6 refugees are part of a film crew.
Directed by actor Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Baby Gone), Argo is the rare kind of “true events” film that is suspenseful and definitely not boring! Not only is it well acted, but the movie flies by with how it grabs your attention and keeps you glued. Usually historical, political dramas aren’t ones I get excited about, but I felt I learned something about history here. I might have found this movie a little more interesting than most due to the fact that I didn’t know the story at all, so it will be up to your individual experience of these events (if you were alive) to determine if the story is old news or not. The supporting cast also adds to the quality of the film and Alan Arkin as the creator of “Argo” is very funny with his one liners. I have always liked Ben Affleck’s films, especially his first 2 films in the world of directing, and Argo delivers just as must as the rest. Co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane, Clea DuVall, and Victor Garber.
9/10 Stars – One of the top 10 films of 2012… so far…
Argo is a film that will not only entertain you but make you feel smarter after you leave the theater. What I found most impressive about this unassuming little film were the quietly outstanding performances, particularly by Affleck. It isn’t necessarily his best performance ever, but it’s effective with few quietly spoken words and telling looks. The 6 other main characters that are being rescued are decent too but not necessarily award worthy. Argo gets its strength from the story. The saying “you can’t make this shit up” comes to mind and is fitting, no really it is. A made up movie that Hollywood green-lights so the CIA can rescue some people from the middle east. Reminds you that life is always more exciting than the movies because well the movies mimic real life. I was nervous for more than half the film since I didn’t know the outcome (I might need to brush up on my history). Argo is bound to be a film that sticks around for a while and wins more than a few awards.
9/10 Stars – Great acting, directing and story…can’t ask for more or you would just be greedy!
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