In 1979, a group of Iranian revolutionaries have taken control of the U.S. Embassy at Tehran, Iran. The group is angry at the United States as the country has taken asylum their deposed Shah. Most of the embassy employees are taken hostage except for six men and women who found a way to go out of the embassy unnoticed and hide at the Canadian Ambassador's house. As the Iranian tension against the U.S. grows stronger each day, the State Department tries to find a way to "exfiltrate" the six from Iran. As each plan proves to be unfeasible and unrealistic, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) proposes a radical plan - fake a movie, make the six part of the Canadian film crew and choose Iran as the shooting location.
"Argo" brings the whole gamut of emotions into the table and its jaw-dropping on how smooth everything was. Ben Affleck with "Argo" proves that he has talent as a director par none. He has yet to make a badly-directed film and "Argo" is the best one to come out of his mind. The balancing act of mixing in action, suspense and comedy is something to be experienced first hand. It is a feast for your senses as scene per scene play with your emotions. This is in no part thanks to a tremendous cast who brought great acting into the table. John Goodman and Alan Arkin gets special mention for their comedic duo that proves effective. Another thing is the amazing detail the film has. From the retro style introduction to the believable set pieces, everything makes you feel like it's the Eighties again and you are right at the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Honestly, the attention to detail is just mind-blowing to say the least. The only gripe we have with "Argo" is that its key suspense pieces definitely feels made-up. This film pushes the boundaries of the "Based on a True Story" moniker in our books but we can see how the made-up stuff actually made things better. To end our review, "Argo" is one of the best films this year and we won't be surprise if it gets an Oscar nomination. This is one to watch folks.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- One of the best films to come out this year
- Ben Affleck's best film yet
- Thrilling and funny from start to finish
- The attention to detail is just amazing
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- this pushes the "Based on a True Story" moniker with its over-the-top scenarios