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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.
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…
A look at a piece of history involving Iranian/American relations
Favorite Actor: Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez
Favorite Character: Tony Mendez played by Ben Affleck
Argo is a flat thriller with watered down political intrigue.
Partly because of the clashing tones and lack of focus**, the sense that a seismic geopolitical event occurred gets lost as the movie is content to be a conventional thriller. Fine, I guess, but I wish it could have been good even at that.
**The obligatory family-back-home plot to humanize Affleck doesn't belong at all. Isn't the fact that the guy is risking his life to save these people in Iran humanizing enough? And as enjoyable as it was to watch Arkin and Goodman wisecracking, the tone of that plot clashes heavily with the situation in Iran.
The movie started off with such a rush of urgency, establishing the stakes,…
Batman + Walteer White = good movie
Argo has a really great look to it. It manages to capture that setting really well. However, I'm a bit perplexed as to why Affleck chose to emphasize that aspect of the Iranian Revolution. It's "movies have redemptive power" brought to real life, and I'm not convinced of it. There's nothing wrong with making this story out as a thriller, but none of the Iranian characters really stick out, and they end up being slightly cartoonish when the reality of the situation was much more complex. From a thriller aspect, it's taunt and well acted. Affleck just hasn't hit that great director note for me yet, but I definitely think that he can.
- When he has an epiphany watching Planet of the Apes. Oh the landscape is like Iran! Closeup on Ben 'thinking'. Closeup on the ape... the ape. Oh the ape is like the Iranians! NOPE, IT'S NOT COMPLETELY FUCKED IF YOU CUT REALLY QUICKLY TO SOMETHING ELSE
- you can't try to dodge the bullet of racist depiction by giving a tiny bit of historical context in 5 minutes at the beginning, there is a relentless hostility towards every Iranian character throughout the film (except the one who flees Iran at the end)
- the Big Brother like presence of Khomeini's image
- using the excuse that 'it's what happened' to perpetuate unhealthy depictions of and…
Solid story, solid script, solid film.
I was completely enchanted by the plot of this film. I knew only slightly about the historical events depicted here, mostly from school because I was a bit young when it actually happened. The idea that the CIA would come up with such a crazy/creative plan to sneak the refugees out was just too good to pass up. I decided to go despite the fact that I find Ben Affleck to be a below average actor at best. Well, the first thing I will say is that Ben Affleck didn't surprise me by suddenly becoming a great actor, his portrayal of agent Mendez was completely bland and flat. Luckily he was bailed out by a better supporting cast. John Goodman…
Ben Affleck needs to
Be behind the camera.
That's where he is best.
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- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
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