The movie was fake, the mission was real.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning thriller, the true story of a plan hatched by the CIA to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in 1979. To do so, the Agency teams up with a Hollywood producer to fake a sci-fi movie production, using a location shoot as the pretext to get its people out.... More
When the U.S. Embassy in Iran is stormed by Islamic students and militants, six embassy staff escape in the confusion. The U.S. Government desperately seeks to get them out of the country before they are found and executed as spies - enter exfiltration specialist Antonio Mendez (Affleck). Mendez goes to Hollywood and works with a make-up artist (John Goodman) and producer (Alan Arkin) to fake the production of a sci-fi film, something that can explain Westerners moving in and out of the country. Then it's off to Tehran, for a rescue mission right under the noses of the new hardcore Islamic regime.Hide
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BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
With Argo, Ben Affleck-the-Director continues his admirable streak of making us forget Ben Affleck-the-Actor who for a period starred in embarrassing career-killing dreck like Surviving Christmas, Gigli and Daredevil. Extending his reach far beyond the Boston crime milieu of his first two films, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck demonstrates more of his proficient directorial chops in dramatising the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 where 52 Americans were held hostage by Islamic militants in the US Embassy in Tehran. 6 diplomats managed to escape the siege, and their rescue - a seemingly crackpot plan devised by CIA “ex-fil” agent Tony Mendez (a fine, understated Affleck) to disguise them as a Canadian film crew scouting exotic locations for a fake sci-fi movie - gives Argo its stranger-than-fiction appeal.... More
Toggling between severe political turmoil of the Middle East and the tawdry world of Hollywood make-believe is a dicey tonal balancing act, but Affleck has turned in a superbly acted, effortlessly entertaining brew of ‘70s-style political thriller, film-within-a-film satire and caper hijinks. Though the film never quite achieves the gutsy, dizzying horror of the first reel - where the rebels storm the Embassy - it does maintain a nerve-wracking ticking-bomb momentum, even if there’s no doubt in our minds that it’ll head for a comfy, optimistic conclusion. One could chastise Affleck for making a movie that too neatly condenses a messy event, but that doesn’t stop Argo from being a film worthy of its incredible hook: engaging, thoughtful, completely gripping.Hide
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BY JR lister
Although if I were to have one criticism it would be that the performance of Ben Affleck was a bit boring throughout the film and would of probably been a better choice if he sticked behind the... More camera.
Still an excellent film and a must see.Hide
BY filmlover superstar
Clever old Ben Affleck! A story worth telling about an event that was declassified by the U.S. Government in the 90's, and I imagine few of us knew about it. Some of the characters are believable others not so much but the final sequence is so stressful it makes for cinema magic.
The soundtrack is schmaltzy (except when we are listening to the pop of the day) which is mildly irritating but overall, good job Ben!
BY TJH grader
Really enjoyed this, good representation of the times. I don't like American block busters and finally a good independent feeling movie without subtitles. So if you like alternative and your movie buddy can't cope with subtitles this is great.
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