10/26/2012

Movie Review: Argo (2012)


Argo is a high-tension film about "the best 'bad' idea" the CIA had to solve the Iran Hostage Crisis about thirty years ago: using a fake film crew to bring American diplomatic officers from the Canadian ambassador's home in Tehran back to American soil.

Ben Affleck stars and directs this film which succeeds in so many levels. For one, it is able to get people at the edge of their seats even though the outcome is known. I'm not sure how much of the story is embellished, but it does a mighty good job in making things tougher than it should be.

I also like how the movie avoids the "Ocean's Eleven Trap" of making it look like a snazzy caper film, but still manages a few doses of humor, thanks to John Goodman and Alan Arkin. The production design also stands out with very authentic 1970's look and feel. (Be sure to stay at the end credits as original photos taken from the the Hostage Crisis are shown side-by-side with stills from the movie.)

Argo is a must-watch and highly recommended. Ben Affleck continues to solidify his portfolio of well-made films.


Rating: 5/5
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