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Argo, the new Ben Affleck movie, is based on the real live events that took place in Iran in 1979. It kick-starts when an angry mob storms the American Embassy in Tehran and take 50 Americans hostage. Six embassy workers escape through the back and seek refuge in the residence of the Canadian Ambassador.
Back in Washington everyone is up in arms and the task to get the six back home falls to the C.I.A “extraction” expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck). Many plans are being considered, but none seem feasible or safe.
Faced with this problem Mendez comes up with the ridiculous idea to get the six out under the guise of making a SiFi film. With the help of special-effects expert and Academy Award winner John Chambers (John Goodman) and prominent producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) Mendez creates a bogus film company called Studio Six and even invites the media to a fake press conference. With posters, storyboards and a buzz backing up the story Mendez then enters Iran under the pretence of scouting for locations and issues false identities for the six Americans in hiding to fly them out.
The story sounds so implausible it’s hard to believe that it is true, that it worked is even more unbelievable. This incredible story wasn’t declassified until 1997 and really makes for a good movie. Affleck proves his doubters wrong again and like in “Gone Baby Gone” he surrounds himself with formidable actors, even in the supporting roles.
Argo is a great film and even though Affleck takes the liberty to spice up the action a bit towards the end, the film has an authentic feel to it. After all Argo never claims to be a documentary. The only downside to the film is that the science-fiction film Argo was never actually made, a film that Goodman’s character Chambers describes as ‘a twenty-million-dollar Star Wars rip-off” and you can’t help but feel that Arkins as Siegle is right when he stipulates “If I’m going to make a fake movie, it’s going to be a fake hit.”
The closing scene of Argo also seems to be too drawn out, there is no need for it and it detracts from the clever suspense filled film that Argo otherwise is. But overall Affleck has done good and Argo is well worth the price of a ticket.
Carrie Rubin said:
I’m looking forward to seeing this movie. Once I can get past that awful 70’s hair and clothing, that is…
well that does give an added charm
I really enjoyed it
It is receiving good reviews here, and is on my list of movies to actually spend money to see.
This is, hands down, the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time. Excellent — this will win an Oscar!
I hope so but it may get overshadowed by Bond , which is very good too … just very different
Nine Cent Girl said:
Just loved every bit of it! I would only add that the extra suspense was needed, especially since we all knew the outcome. Instead, audiences were on the edge of their seats… Loved Carter’s voice over too…
It was a very good film, I actually thought Carter’s voice over was surplus, but then everyone likes different things
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The Silver Poet said:
looking forward to it!