ARGO: THE FILM

Argo is a Hollywood film directed by Ben Affleck. Affleck also plays the lead role in the film along with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. The film was co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Argo is based on the real life tale – declassified by the former US President Clinton in the year 1997 – of the CIA’s plan to bring home six Americans hiding out in Iranian capital Tehran during a 1979 hostage crisis at the city’s US embassy. How did they do it?

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THE PLOT OF ARGO

Argo is a real life story. The movie is based on former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Tony Mendez‘s historical mission of the rescue of 6 U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. There were other captured American hostages who remained in Tehran for 444 days until freed during Reagan’s tenure but through the work of President Jimmy Carter. The Canadians are shown as the real heroes of this story along with the invisible CIA staff. The Canadian ambassador and his wife at the Tehran office bravely support and then help spring the American escapers, at considerable risk to their own lives, but the USP of the film is Affleck’s character who plans the complete escape as a film Canadian film crew, and at one point in the film, even without the support of US government decides to go ahead with the mission. There are ample twists and turns in the film, before Affleck takes the 6 US diplomats out of Iran.

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BEN AFFLECK SHINES BOTH AS AN ACTOR AND A DIRECTOR

Affleck has certainly crafted a truly old school suspense movie that is as involving as any film you would see anytime soon. Argo is a gripping and exciting story that is mostly true and mostly authentic. Affleck manages a great deal of suspense throughout the film especially the scene where he is scouting a trip along with 6 US diplomats through the Grand Bazaar of Tehran is gripping and tense. On the flip side of it, there are few comical moments in the film such as the gags about Hollywood –“You can teach a rhesus monkey to direct,” Goodman’s makeup man tells Affleck’s CIA agent as he meets with movie producers to concoct their fake film cover. Also, the interactions among Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Ben Affleck are hilarious, and no money for guessing the dialogue- “Argo Fuck Yourself”, stands out as the major punch line of the film.

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THE VERDICT OF ARGO

Argo is an intriguing story. Hold on tight and revel in the brilliance of a riveting film that’s enthralling in execution and subtext. Certainly a not to miss film! With a tension right out of the best of Hitchcock, Affleck directs Chris Terrio’s masterful screenplay with a restraint that never overplays the comic elements or overstates the obvious — and with a velocity that seldom allows you to catch a breath.  This pulse-racing thriller, set in the aftermath of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, grabs you by the throat, and for 100 minutes, ‘Argo’ is close to flawless! And just when the movie got over, there were claps and cheering all around in the theater, people unmoved, wanting for more…Yes, that’s Argo for you.

CITYHYD RATING: 5 STARS, This one might just grab the Oscar !

ARGO WON THE ACADEMY AWARD 2013 FOR BEST FILM, SO AS WE PREDICTED ARGO WON THE OSCAR.