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The movie was fake. The mission was real.
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
This is Ben Affleck's film all the way and I have to say I am more than impressed. I'm glad that he seems to have discovered what he is really good at. As an actor he was never really convincing. And even though he gives a great understated, albeit a bit one-note, performance here, it is in the director's chair where he excels.
This bizarre 'truth is stranger than fiction' tale has all the hallmarks of being turned into an over-stylized and over-dramatized political thriller. This is anything but that. Much like his performance, Affleck decided to take away the frills, leaving behind a film that is reminiscent of the political thrillers of yesteryear. Solid, made with craftsmanship and more…
From the opening Warner Brothers logo, to its end credits, "Argo" is a fully-engrossing and remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking. Director Ben Affleck assembles a film that pays attention to the smallest of details while delivering on a grand dramatic scale.
With both cinematography that adds a patina of grain to its naturalistic color palette and the film's immersive design details, the look of "Argo" is historically appropriate and eye-catching. The cast, led by a stoic Affleck and more-than-solid turns by Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston, is pitch-perfect.
The script and story of "Argo" are just as strong as its look and performances. Its dialogue is equally serious, knowing, and humorous. Its economical story is harrowing, affirming, and thematically rich.
Masterfully tense and rewardingly enveloping, "Argo" is a film about hope and responsibility. It is an excellent film.
Argo, the true life story you couldn’t make up, was always ripe for the Hollywood treatment and for the most part Affleck and co. do a good job of bringing it to the screen. Most should be familiar with the plot by now but if not it revolves around a CIA operation to get American diplomats out of Iran during the revolution. Their cover is an audacious and implausible recce scouting for film locations for a crappy space opera movie. It is easy to see what would attract somebody like Ben Affleck to this project, it has a current political resonance, Hollywood satire and an old fashioned thriller element driving the story forward.
Affleck does a commendable job juggling many…
From gossip-rag pin-up to powerhouse director Ben Affleck has one of the most chequered careers in Hollywood. Channelling experience following his previous two features, tightly wound action thrillers Gone Baby Gone and The Town, his time behind the camera is proving most fruitful. His recounting of the true life story of Argo is no exception and further authorises his position as a meaningful director.
Set in late ‘70s Iran, amidst a violent revolution, a group of CIA operatives strive to rescue six of its US embassy officials who are trapped within the dangerous melting pot. Under the innovative guise of a Canadian film crew scouting locations for an artificial sci-fi flick, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez infiltrates the city’s capital Tehran…
I've been sitting here for SOOOO long wondering just how the hell I can review such a fantastic film but I got nothing so...
Argo fuck it.
It's not that I was speechless by the film. I just don't know what to say that hasn't already been said by now so if you expect me to keep wracking my brain on how I'm gonna sum this film up...
Argo fuck yourself.
Don't mean to sound hostile, but please, just take my word for it and just...
Argo see it.
Expecting more corny Argo puns?
Argo fuck a goat.
The last fourty minutes had me squirming in my seat and trying to tear out my hair.
It's late and I'm tired so I'm gonna keep this short. This movie was at about a 3 up until the third act. It is an interesting idea (even more so knowing it is a true story) and was funny and intriguing through its first couple acts. The 3rd act, however, is where it really shined, being one of the most intense series of events i have ever seen. The acting all around was really good and so was the writing. This movie was funny, interesting, intense, and most of all believable. It did seem a tad formulaic, and a couple of the lines in the movie seemed a little cheesy, but it never once took me out of it. The characters were alright, but not great. Overall, this movie was fun, and its a good movie to watch if you want a lot of variety within one movie.
Sentence: Argoing to sleep now.
Not sure what all the hype's about for Ben Affleck's latest film. It was good, but I enjoyed The Town much more than this historical drama.
You've seen the trailer, right? Then you know the whole story. So, how is it that Argo is such an effective thriller? Technical proficiency, I suppose - though that sounds like a back-handed compliment, and I don't mean for it to. Great staging of true-ish, stranger than fiction events make Affleck three for three as a maker of successful - you won't hate yourself later - fastball down the middle adult popcorn fare. A great cast never hurts either.
Argo is Ben Affleck at the top of his game. The acting is terrific, the script is riveting and smart, the direction is great with a fantastic attention to detail, the dialogue is interesting, and the soundtrack is incredible. It was worthy of the best picture win.
"Go **ck yourself".. Truly to all movie buffs, who hasn't seen this master piece.
Ben Affleck really hits it home with this one. "Argo" tells the story of Tony Mendez and his role in the Iranian hostage situation. This film really shows how much talent Affleck has behind the camera and how he crafts a story. The script is is great and really. Allows the actors to shine with terrific dialogue. Bryan Cranston does a magnificent job as the supporting actor. Alan Arkin and John Goodman are awesome comedic relifs and really let tensions loose when necessary. When the tension rises, Affleck really knows how to show the intensity through great camera movement and a chilling score. This film is a real great true story that definitely deserved best picture at the academy awards.
Compelling and thoughtful drama. Kudos must be given to director Ben Affleck for maintaining historical accuracy of the look and feel throughout the film - including film grain and the language captions...wow! Every single actor gave a great performance, and contributed to the believability of the situation.
I didn't appreciate the politically-charged historic inaccuracies and omissions. The Shah's plan to westernize Iran was depicted as a bad thing (as if the current state if affairs is any better). The filmmakers didn't explain WHY the embassy hostages were released after 444 days (they were released upon the inauguration of Ronald Reagan, whom they Iranians knew was not the pushover President Carter ended up becoming). And Carter himself was given a pulpit at the end of the film that was not necessary...and I suspect was director Affleck's feeble attempt to subliminally attach a little luster on Carter's otherwise dismal time as president.
I must be old because I am old enough to have some pretty clear memories of the events in this movie, at least as they were presented in the US media at the time.
The film does a great job of pushing the atmosphere of the time, capturing the '70s like people really were, while getting at the sort of surreal nature of the Iranian revolution where an entire society went from decadent modern Western to populist fundamentalist overnight. I recall having Iranian friends in the US who were somehow supposed to be enemies overnight without changing who they were. The airport scene at the end, while inauthentic in so many ways, does capture this sort of surreal atmosphere where…
Intense, triumphant, and brilliant. Maybe fabricated to some extent, but cinematic nonetheless.
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