Argo review- DMU’s Melissa Hagar


Melissa Hagar

Argo (2012) is a thriller film about a group of CIA operatives who go under cover as exotic film location scouts to rescue six American diplomats trapped in Iran. Directed by Ben Affleck, who also directed critically acclaimed The Town, (2010) the film is based on actual events that transpired in 1979 and the accounts published in 2007 regarding ‘the Canadian Caper.’ The film focuses more on the CIA’s efforts in rescuing the diplomats, and featuring an incredible ensemble cast, makes this film certainly one to watch.

The film follows Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) a CIA operative who formulates the idea to retrieve the diplomats and his supervisor Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston). Together, they seek the help of John Chambers, (John Goodman) who is a professional Hollywood make-up artist and Lester Siegal, (Alan Arkin) a film producer, to make their elaborate escapade more believable. I was a bit skeptical after seeing Affleck in less enjoyable films in which he acted, but in this particular piece, Affleck proves tome and to an observant and critical audience for the third time, that he is capable of directing a film with considerate skill, which possesses a clever script and plenty of suspenseful moments to keep adrenaline junkies pleased.

The supporting actors in the film do much more than just support; they add a much-needed element to the film, providing humor and entertainment to this relentless, tension filled and nerve wracking piece.

Argo is a fast paced, captivating thrill ride that is sure to maintain your interest and keep you on the edge of your seat. Even if films that are based on historical events don’t usually attract you, this will not disappoint, and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Overall Argo is thoroughly gripping, and gives an insightful take on the efforts of those who risked everything to rescue the diplomats. Although the film suffers from some inaccuracy as all films based on historical events do, the cast is undeniably great, the musical score appropriately captivating and the complete piece packs enough punch to appeal to a range of audiences who may have overlooked this film first time around.

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