Film Review – March 2013 – Mark David Hatwood

argoArgo, starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Directed by Ben Affleck

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 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 the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies

Verdict: Well there’s little that can be said about this film that hasn’t already been said. It’s another shining example of how Ben Affleck has become a Robert-Redford-esque giant in the film world. Not much this guy can do wrong these days! *****

This film will be shown at the Harbour Club, Portscatho, on Monday 4th March. See trailer here

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