Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Argo is another movie based on a true story. However unlike Flight, most of this movie is true. Argo is the name of a fake movie the CIA created in Hollywood to shoot in Tehran, Iran. The director, CIA Extraction Expert, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), travels to Tehran to scout for filming his sci-fi film. At least that is his cover. His real mission is to get six American embassy workers out of the country after the embassy was overrun by revolutionists. These six escaped the embassy during the protests that ended with Iranians taking over the embassy and taking the remaining Americans hostage. These six were taken in by the Canadian Ambassador and hid in his residence until they could be safely taken out. The movie revolves around the CIA and American Intelligence community trying to determine the best way to get the Americans out safely. Mendez's plan of creating a fake film is shot down until they determine that its the "best worst idea they have". Ben Affleck's character teams up with John Goodman and Alan Arkin to start developing the movie and get it to a stage where he could legitimately head to Tehran as a Canadian filmaker and "meet" his other 6 pre-production crew members there.
While there is very little actual action in this film, it is filled with intensity. Ben Affleck does a stellar job of directing while also delivering an excellent acting performance. The supporting cast was quite large and talented as well. As usual Alan Arkin and John Goodman do an incredible job and are quite believable as 70's Hollywood big shots. Bryan Cranston also does a phenomenal job further cementing his ability to play both crazy meth drug dealer (Breaking Bad) and a convincing CIA operative. He continues to showcase his acting talents and grown. Everything was very timely- something I find very important in movies from certain time periods. Everything from clothes, cars, planes, newspapers, everything was set firmly in that period around 1979. The casting was spot on. While Ben Affleck's character was slightly off- all the other people were spot on from their pictures. At the end of the movie they do a photo match from the real people and the actors that portrayed them in the movie.
This was an incredible movie and one definitely to go see. A terrific story that is not well known, amazing acting, and beautiful directing make this in my top 10 for the year. I give it 4.5 stars. While I am not sure this movie could win best film or actor, it very well has a shot at winning best director and best supporting actor- Goodman, Arkin, or Cranston.
Movie Poster from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1