Argo – Movie Review


“Okay, you got six people hiding out in a town of what, four million, all of whom chant “death to America” all through the long day. You want to set up a movie in a week. You want to lie to Hollywood, a town where everybody lies for a living, then you get to sneak Double O7 over here into a country that wants CIA blood in their breakfast cereal and then you’re going to walk the Brady Bunch out of the most-watched city in the world”? This dialog from the movie, sums up Ben Affleck’s masterpiece movie Argo, based on a true, previously classified, story.

During 1979, when the Iranian revolution was at its zenith, militants stormed into the US Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage. Amidst the ensuing chaos and as world’s attention was focused on those taken hostage, there was a little side drama happening. Six Americans had managed to slip away and had taken refuge with the Canadian Ambassador and had managed to remain under the radar. Various plans were discussed for their rescue and finally a plan was set into motion. Any glitch in the rescue operation would not only jeopardize the lives of these six people but also the lives of 52 held hostage, for whom America was waiting, while counting the days of their captivity. CIA exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck) managed their rescue, under the guise of the most incredible story, about them being a movie crew, stuff that only happens in the movies. If anyone in Iran cared to check on the film production, they needed to make the story totally full proof and believable. Jeremy Calloway, an award winning film makeup artist helped with the elaborate plan, that included getting an office, getting it financed, making posters, and leaking the story about the movie production to the media. This nail-bitingly tense movie, keeps you riveted, and on the edge of your seats, right till the end and leaves you holding your breadth, even after the escapees are out of the Iranian air space. Finally relief floods over you as you realize what a feat was achieved. As its tag line says, “they weren’t making a movie, they were making history” and now you have an opportunity to watch how they made history, through the making of a movie. Don’t miss! Movie gets a 5 out of 5 star rating (with 5 being excellent).

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  1. #1 by CMrok93 on October 23, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Good review. Affleck’s direction worked and I like how he included so much detail and fun into the 70’s look, but the last act just didn’t have that suspense going for me as much as I would have liked. I think it sucks more just because you know what the true story is, and you sort of lose all of the tension this movie is striving for so much.

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