Argo

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Ben Affleck directs and stars in the political thriller that takes place during the 1979 hostage crisis titled, Argo. On November 4, 1979, Iranian terrorists stormed the United States embassy in Iran and took fifty-two Americans hostage. Unbeknownst to the Iranians, six Americans escaped and hid in the Canadian ambassadors house waiting for rescue. With time running out before the Iranians find them, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) talks to his boss Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston) about a plan to fly the hostages out of the country. Special Agent Mendez enlists the help of Hollywood producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and makeup artist (John Goodman) to help him create a fake knock-off Star Wars film called Argo that they will film in Iran. Ben takes false identities as screenwriters, directors and producers to Iran with him to give to the 6 Americans in hopes of sneaking them out of the hostile country as his film crew. This is Ben Affleck’s third movie as director and it is even better than his first two films, Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Ben Affleck knows how to make an intelligent film that is exciting, pulls in the audience and brings out the best in his cast. Not only will this be a commercial success but we will also see it during award season with Alan Arkin being nominated in the supporting cast categories. I also can’t imagine Ben Affleck not being nominated as best director along with this film. He knows just when to add some light humor and the story is gripping throughout – especially during the third act where the tension reaches a peak. The editing is so good that the scenes between archival footage and new scenes are seamless. This is a true story that does take some artistic liberties especially in the race to escape Iran in the last 10 minutes. (Even though I couldn’t see that final scene on the airplane, I think I saw it 3 or 4 times in several other movies.) This is fabulous cinema that is beautifully crafted and entertaining and I’m giving it an A rating.

This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA

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