Ben Affleck returns to directing for this third feature length mission. Let’s see how he did.
Set in 1979 during the hostage crisis where the US embassy in Tehran was seized by revolutionists. Six Americans manage to escape and find shelter with the Canadians. However this option will only last so long, it is the job of Tony Mendez (Affleck) to extract the six from the country before they are discovered.
From the start you get an idea of the atmosphere in Tehran, and why it would be unpleasant and distressing. As well as directing, Affleck cast himself as the ‘hero’ of the story, which is put across tastefully without losing focus on the rest of the cast.
We get to see two completely different sides. We get to see the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the gritty side in Iran. This provides us with a great balance, and keeps us engrossed in the story.
Watching the six learn their false identities knowing that the slightest slip up on their part could put everyone’s lives in danger is tense. Especially with one of the six reluctant that their covers won’t work.
Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and John Chambers (John Goodman) play great characters. Both drawn in to make the film makers story realistic, we see them organising in a very short space of time. They also have some great comedic lines that inject the film with humour in an otherwise serious story.
To sum up
Affleck doesn’t disappoint to deliver on his latest directing efforts. Argo is a thriller filled to the brim with drama and flecks of humour. It’s gripping, intense and interesting to be based on a declassified true story – it’s worth a watch.
Argo is out in UK cinemas now.
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