Review: Argo (2012)

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In 1979, Iranian revolutionaries took over the US Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage.  Six Americans managed to escape from the embassy and found refuge at the Canadian ambassador’s residence in Iran.  The CIA was then given the order to get them out of the country.

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Enter Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) who comes up with the idea to create a fake sci-fi film, enters the country, and creates the illusion that he and the six American diplomats (posing as Canadians) are scouting locations for their movie.  The idea is crazy and extremely risky, and the film leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat, tense, and praying that everything works out in the end, only to have you sighing in relief once they are up in the air and officially out of Iranian territory.

I was extremely impressed with Ben Affleck.  He did a great job directing this film.  The story alone, the actual true story, is incredible, and I really enjoyed how the film turned out.  I could almost picture myself with them and feel how nervous, tense, and frightened the characters were.

argo-affleck-directI also really enjoyed Alan Arkin’s character.  In almost every scene that he was in, he got a few laughs out of me.  He was a good comic relief in an intense story.

The film had an authentic 70s feel to it, which I found to be a relief.  You see a lot of movies that are supposed to be set in the 60s or 70s etc. that fail to pull off the authenticity of the time period.  However, Argo pull it off quite nicely.

During the credits, they show pictures of the real people escaped from Iran alongside the actors that played them.  Not only was it interesting to see actual documented photographs from the event, it was interesting to see how they made the actors look almost identical to their real life counterpart.

So far, Argo has won two Golden Globes and is nominated for seven Academy Awards.  It’s been doing very well, as far as other awards go, and deservedly so.

It’s a great movie with a great story that keeps you tense from the beginning until the end.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Argo for winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards!