Argo

I’m just going to put this out there and say be sure to see Argo. It’s a really good film and totally worth the awards it’s recently won. Here’s why:

The story is based on actual events starting in 1979 when Iran took people hostage during the Carter administration. I was about 11 years old when this happened and I remember this event pretty well. This particular film focuses on the 6 people that escaped capture and took refuge with Canadian ambassadors living in Iran. Ben Affleck’s character Tony Mendez is brought in to help figure out a way to get the 6 out without getting caught. This was a VERY dangerous time for Americans in Iran so pulling this off was dangerous and difficult.

The plan is hatched to pose a film company scouting locations with Iran as a possible backdrop. The idea is that Mendez comes in as a producer and leaves with the 6 as the rest of the crew after convincing Iranian officials that they’re all part of this production.

The writing and dialog keeps the film moving along and interesting from the first frame to the last. The only thing that stood out to me as being a bit odd was the amount of swearing they wrote in. I’m not offended by foul language but this just seemed a little gratuitous. Other than that, the tension that’s built into the story keeps you gripping the arms of your seat even though you know how things are going to turn out.

Affleck is a damn good filmmaker and does a great job directing this. The scenery, props, costumes nail the time period down really well and the pacing has a great sense of peaks and valleys in terms of timing and tension; really well constructed.

The actors are all at the top of their game with standout performances that include Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Tate Donovan. The whole cast is really good overall, no complaints.

Again, great film, you can’t go wrong seeing Argo.

Reviewed by Sean McKnight