This is a review post. I received a DVD copy of Argo from Warner Bros for review. The views are my all my own.
I have to say I had high expectations for this one as it had picked up this amazing list of gongs:
· BAFTA Award for Best Film
· BAFTA Award for Best Direction
· BAFTA Award for Best Editing
· Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Drama
· Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
· Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year
· Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing
· Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Directed by the gorgeous Ben Affleck who also stars. It is definitely the hit it has been drummed up to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to watch it again over the weekend as I’m sure I missed some bits. I think it’s going to one of those films that you understand a bit more every time you watch it.
Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event.
Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck directs and stars (wit woo) in the film, which is produced by Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney. What a great team they must have made! The actors were perfectly cast. I loved Ben Affleck’s character and he played it brilliantly. I also loved Bryan Cranston as Jack O’Donnell.
I don’t want to ruin the plot for you but… In November 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
It really is deserving of all of those awards.