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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.
Argo is a well crafted, suspenseful story of a crazy moment in U.S. history. Ben Affleck continues to prove that his legacy will probably be more for his directing work than his acting. I enjoyed this movie and even learned more about the Iran hostage story, but I really don't understand how this movie won the Oscar over just about any of the nominees I've seen.
I think the story and the actors are the strength here, but I don't think either get used to their full potential. Probably my favorite moments in the movie are the ones with John Goodman and Alan Arkin, planning the Argo movie. The movie here is really the most extraordinary part of the story--the…
Great story that keeps the tension at a high level, especially the last half hour. I really liked the look of the film and the use of stock footage as well. And the cast is stacked, everyone was fantastic.
While still a great achievement with all of what make Argo what it is still intact the extended cut sadly slows the film down a little with some unnecessary additions. Chief among these is more time with Tony Mendez's estranged family which gives us more time with Taylor Schilling but as I've said slows the pace a little and is doesn't really add to the drama like I'm guessing they intended it too.
Still can't recommend the film enough despite my problems over the usual Hollywood Liberties that are taken with films "based" on a true story but aside from that Affleck's work here on the authenticity of the period work and keeping the tension and drama as high as possible in the crucial moments is still something to be admired.
A good film that shows the difficulty of making plans to save lives in a short amount of time.
A riveting story, and a perfect example of truth being stranger (and sometimes more exciting) than fiction. Good performances and writing, but its hard not to feel that the film-makers relied on the incredible, true story, without adding much themselves (besides under-stating the role of the Canadians in the plot, to make room for the American main characters.) A very good and enjoyable film, but not quite sure how it landed best picture of the year.
I must have some of soft spot for this because I end up watching it at least once a year. Affleck directs an suspenseful film here but lacks showing the true nature of the story.
"Argo fuck yourself"
Very nearly a masterpiece, but can't resist overplaying its hand and popping the bubble of credibility it had so carefully blown.
Subtly jingoistic throughout; the numerous historical inaccuracies all serve the purpose of framing the United States as the single white knight in this scenario.
Some weird racial issues: there's definitely tension to be found in rooting for the escape of the poorly developed main characters (constant attempts to establish that Tony Mendez is an alcoholic but the film goes absolutely nowhere with it), but only because they're Americans whose dialogue is always understandable and we can connect with that, at least.
The Iranians are portrayed as the roaring ghouls in a zombie film. I'm willing to accept that maybe it's an immersion thing, to connect us with the fear of the hostages who, unlearned of the Farsi language, only hear…
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