Film Review: Ben Affleck’s ARGO
Ben Affleck’s ARGO is a true to life thriller, full of high wire suspense, and it is a film that delivers great fun and touched still raw political nerves.
Set in Y’s 1979 and 1980 the early months of the Iran hostage crisis, it Keys on the 6 US embassy officials who walked out of the “back door” of the embattled embassy and were given refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador (after having been refused by several US allies diplomats). All when the rest the US diplomatic mission personnel were taken hostage by the Iranian revolutionaries
The CIA learns of their escape and decides to figure out a way to get them out of Tehran by whatever means possible.
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The fear is that if the Iranian revolutionaries discover Americans hiding in the Canadian Ambassador’s n home, they will captured, herded into the streets and executed for the world to see.
Tehran is in turmoil and chaos, so how will the 6 Americans get out? This is where Ben Affleck’s film gets exciting.
A young and very savvy CIA operative named Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck, is called on to develop a plan of escape after shooting down (for good reason) all others on the State Department’s and Company table.
The 6 will become a fake Canadian film crew scouting locations for scripted Sci-Fi movie named Argo.
Mendez conjures and establishes fake identities for the 6 refugees that will allow them to slip out, and fly to Switzerland, right under the scrutiny of the Revolutionary Guard.
Affleck’s direction of Argo makes this incredible story as real, and intense, as it was.
The day is 4 November 1979, a day that the world remembers, with images of angry, hostile Iranian pushing up against the gates of the US Embassy in Tehran.
It is fascinating to be reminded that the taking of the American hostages may not have been a planned event but an improvised, deadly, from-the-streets riot against the long running influence of the US in Oil rich Iran.
A prologue sketches some of the history of why many Iranians were so angry, and we are taken behind the walls and inside Embassy where we become very aware that the American diplomatic staff knows that they will not be rescued by the US Marines, and they are captured and taken hostage, this action feels real and is very scary.
Ben Affleck’s filmmaking elevates the suspense to the perception of how the confrontation changed the on the surface relationship between America and the fundamentalist Shia Islam world.
Here, Affleck, as he did in Town, applies a brilliant finesse to a dark chapter in America’s modern history.
Now more than 30 yrs after the events, he brings his audience in direct touch tension, and a Key reason this “Hot Topic” still shocks us is that the tensions have not abated not even a little bit.
Affleck knows and understands that in the years following 9/11, Hollywood movies that have taken on the subject have not been relevant.
Argo received a strong A+ CinemaScore, guaranteeing a long run for the film throughout awards season, it is an Academy Award contender, it jumps off of the screen.
Now, in his Argo he is given the opportunity make “waves” as he transforms its core events into a mainstream, thrilling human adventure that succeeds against all odds.
The film is sensational about Argo, it is the ultimate caper movie, where in dread fueled dive into the “fire” of American-Iranian tensions reinforces and heighten the action, the stakes are the ultimate, life or death to all.
Argo is an entertaining and power political film, and it is relevant to the times we are in right now.
Playing nation wide. I rate it 5 LTN Stars, a must see.