As the American Embassy is being overrun in Iran, six embassy workers managed to escape out the back door. They find refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador (played by Victor Garber) where they stay for over two months.
CIA covert operative, Ben Affleck (as Tony Mendez), is responsible for rescuing these six people. Extracting people from uncomfortable situations is his specialty, and he comes up with a bad plan (but it is the best bad plan of all the bad plans put forth). That plan….is to fake making a movie in Iran using a Canadian film crew of six.
Tapping Hollywood, Affleck involves the person in charge of makeup for the “Planet of the Apes” movie series John Chambers (played by the wonderfully understated John Goodman). Chambers in turn finds a famous director to help him put together this fake movie, Alan Arkin (as the fictional composite character , perhaps the real director is still alive and did not want his / her name used?, Lester Siegel).
With all the required passports for the six members of the film crew, a reasonably good start to the “Argo” movie, and courage beyond belief, Affleck travels to Iran. Note: I remember the hostage situation and take my word, those times were very very tense. Travelling to Iran to bring people who are the subject of intense Iranian investigation required courage beyond imagination. I would never survive…
Not for kids. F-words and intense situations and images. Teens (who can use it as a history lesson) and older should love it.
“Argo” is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and just topped “Les Mis” for best picture (in my mind) at the 2013 Oscars (tonight, as I write this). Where “Les Mis” was captivatingly original, “Argo” is heart-pounding reality brought to life exquisitely by Director Ben Affleck. You will be on the edge of your seat until the last second.
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