Argo

Argo, 2012 film starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin.  One of the most watched hostage takings of all time!

In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage but six were able to get out before the embassy was taken.  They fled and hid out at the Canadian Ambassadors residence.  Tony Mendez (Affleck) is a CIA agent ordered to come up with a way to get the escaped Americans out of the country alive before the revolutionaries discovered their presence.  He creates a phony Canadian film crew with the help of two of his trusted Hollywood friends.  Once the story is set he flies out and begins prepping the six for their daring escape.

As Hollywood goes they did use some creative license here because the story was although a true one, it went off with a lot less drama than this one did.  The needed to beef up the story though, who wants to watch one that hero’s go in and out without ever being noticed?  I do love a true telling of history and this one was no different, I enjoyed it thoroughly.  It was tense, almost edge of your seat (especially at the end) excitement.  Affleck was ok in this, Cranston was excellent but the duo of Goodman and Arkin was fabulous.  The costumes and prop design did a great job of recreating the seventies very well.  The acting all around was good and the CGI used in this film is very subtle.  I believe this was a good telling of this event in our history and would definitely see it again.  Not a bad way to waste a couple of hours.




 

 

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