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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…
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.
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…
The last fourty minutes had me squirming in my seat and trying to tear out my hair.
Well constructed and tense, jam packed with a superb cast.
Easy to see how it won best picture, being based on a book about a true story about American political history, plus also being about the film industry. I mean that's every major box ticked right away.
Still, proof (if proof were needed after Gone Baby Gone and The Town) that Affleck knows what he's doing behind the camera. But it just missed that magic extra ingredient for me. A bit too self-satisfied in its own reverence, maybe. I dunno. Still a good watch though.
Toller Film und super Thema, hat mir gut gefallen.
A straightforward Hollywood political thriller, but executed flawlessly. Complaints of the over-dramatization of the climax are misguided, as the characters pointedly escape in a heightened scenario mirroring the medium that, in essence, provided the avenue through which they were freed. Movies save lives, people.
Ben Affleck is a disgrace to film. The fact that Argo won 3 oscars makes the oscars worthless. At least the academy realized that he's an absolute awful director and didn't nominate him...
Argo is complete propaganda, like Reefer Madness only boring and completely idiotic.
The fact that Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bob Gunton and Victor Garber are in this piece of crap and still couldn't manage to pull it out of the trash will their acting skills points out how awful Ben Affleck is at anything that has to deal with film.
BUT, it was a tense film that had me worried about the workers in the Embassy and how they would fare with the out of…
So, I'll be frank, I was going into Argo preparing to hate it. I'd been a fool and judged the trailers in assuming this was going to be a samey heist movie. I was wrong. Lord forgive me was I wrong. What Argo ends up being is a surprisingly poignant treatise on American foreign affairs, the "villains" of the film being as much the victims as their own hostages. The movie could have easily slipped into the realm of pro-colonial racism considering the antagonist of the movie is in fact the country of Iran itself; its existence as a state, its geography, its people, and the prison it has made itself for the six Americans hiding for their lives at…
Better hair than AMERICAN HUSTLE.
I have to say that rewatching it again has made me appreciate and enjoy this film more - my verdict still generally stands at the 'didn't do anything wrong but didn't do anything mindblowingly spectacular'. Overall it's just a really well-made film in all aspects.
some scattered thoughts while watching:
- Arkin's delivery of all of his lines (especially the comedic ones) really did it for me. Replayed them several times and still got a good laugh out of them.
- I appreciated how a bunch of unknowns were cast as the six hostages as opposed to a bunch of A-list actors.
- The film still does an amazing job keeping the atmosphere tense despite it being my second time watching
A well-told story.
Una de las películas que me gusto la trama, Quisiera probar ser corresponsal de guerra :)
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
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- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- The Broadway Melody
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