Argo

Overall Rating: 8 out of 10 Based on 1 Review

Ben Affleck stars and directs this dramatic thriller centred on a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist who devises a dangerous method to free six Americans from the apex of the Iranian revolution. Also stars Bryan Cranston (Drive), John Goodman (The Artist) and Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One). Based on real events as depicted by Joshuah Bearman's article Escape From Tehran. In 1997, Antonio Mendez (played by Affleck) was honoured as one of the 50 greatest spies in CIA history. Mendez created a plan to covertly evacuate the group of Americans diplomats that fled the US embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Able to convince Iran that the six hostages were members of a movie crew who were scouting the area for a film titled Argo, the hostages attempted an escape with their fake identities.

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  • Review MVP rated this 8 out of 10

    Written on 28 October 2012 Member since 9 May 2011
    rating-8
    Pros:

    Keeps you on the edge of your seat

    Based on a true story

    Cons:

    Hmm.... the bad haircuts in the 70's maybe?

    Overall:

    Ben Affleck does a great job in portraying the feeling and tense moments throughout a very stressful time for the prisoners and escapees in Iran. After getting the 'green light' to set up a fake movie production in Hollywood and then enter Iran to scout for locations with the objective of getting the escapees out as the film crew. Seems so crazy that it should have been made up in Hollywood!

    But the events throughout the movie from getting the press to give it publicity to all the things needed to be done in Iran to make it look legit all while a team of young children are working to piece together the shredded images of all the hostages, and fast becoming aware that there are 6 employees missing.

    Entertaining throught with great performances and as shown during the ending credits, the work that went into making it as close as possible to the actual look and situations that happened in 1979 is amazing.

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