Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck concerns a part of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. In that, the US embassy was stormed by protestors and 52 Americans were taken hostage, but 6 escaped just in time. It was then the CIA’s task to try and get those 6 out of Iran and safely back home.
Apart from the brilliant 70’s feel to the film and the costumes, there is also a very authentic, scary and realistic depiction of the storming of the embassy. The subsequent brainstorming of ideas is fun and the characters of John Goodman and Alan Arkin bring some welcome and timely comic relief.
It all gets a little silly in the closing act, with dramatic licence being used frequently to try and add time constraints and jeopardy that clearly weren’t there in the real world (police cars driving down the runway alongside the aircraft anyone?) but despite the fact that you know you are being manipulated, it is still quite effective at building the tension!
An enjoyable romp that highlights an interesting story I knew little about beforehand.
3 on 5
Director – Ben Affleck
Starring – Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
UK release – 7th November 2012