Review of 'Argo'

argo.jpg In 1979 the American embassy in Iran was invaded by revolutionaries resulting in 50 hostages being taken. At the same time six staff escaped from the mob via a back entrance and hide out with the Canadian ambassador at his home. An outrageous plan is hatched by an exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to get them out - A fake Science Fiction movie would be created that would be partially filmed in Iran. When ostensibly scouting for locations the six would pose as Canadian members of the production team then leave the country with Mendez. A thriller all the more so because this is based on a real story.

A hair-raising tale from behind the scenes of the Iranian Hostage crisis in 1979 - A story only in recent years declassified. Very convincing and played with the seriousness it deserves. John Goodman (playing “John Chambers”) and Alan Arkin (playing “Lester Siegel”) put in a star turn as the Hollywood production company for “Argo” using their experience to sell the movie as if it were real…The scenes in Iran make it perfectly clear that lives were in danger making for often uncomfortable viewing. Blind intolerance is scary.

Be sure to stay for the credits as the pictures comparing the movie to the reality are incredible - Affleck does an amazing job at recreating the story in film. Unbelievable.

Rating: “I have absolutely no complaints”

Review Date: 2014-05-26

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Studio: Warner Bros

Year: 2012

Length: 120 minutes

Genre: Documentary