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.
The last fourty minutes had me squirming in my seat and trying to tear out my hair.
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…
“Fade in on starship landing. An exotic, Middle Eastern vibe. Women gather, offering ecstatic libations to the sky gods. Argo. A science-fantasy adventure.” I got the chance to see the winner of this year’s Academy Award Best Picture, Argo, showing the same promising type of story we got to see in his previous directed film, The Town.
However, unlike The Town, we travel back in time to the heat of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, a time where patriotism and hatred was also at its highest. CIA exfil specialist, Tony Mendez (Affleck) teams up with Academy Award winning makeup artist, John Chambers (Goodman) and veteran film producer, Lester Siegel (Arkin) to create one of the most unstable schemes to extract…
A compelling drama that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Although subsequent viewings have brought out the xenophobia my friend LarsenonFilm pointed out to me, this fascinating true story was a great thriller. It was a hell of a ride.
Thrilling but not perfectly paced. Some scenes can drag on, but when it gets going it gets your heart racing. Incredible direction and an amazing depiction of a dark time in history.
Accurate in its depictions and humorous in its small moments, Argo is easily one of the best films of the year.
From marrying J-Lo to directing this. It's about time Affleck got his act together.
Well... I cried.
I mean, the tension! And the truthfulness and the swiftness of the movie. WOW.
Applause to the creators and actors.
I had dismissed this film last year. I am a fool.
Argo fack yourself, this doesn't need a review