When it comes to movies about historical events, unfortunately, we often know the outcome before the opening credits even roll. That’s the case in “Argo,” but somehow the movie still managed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
There are few films that leave an audience clapping. However, at the conclusion of “Argo” the full theater began applauding Friday night. In walking out many were commenting on the humor, and about the fact that they were on the edge of their seat to see how the historical events would unfold on the big screen. Simply put, “Argo” is a well-done movie that is worth seeing.
“Argo” stars Ben Affleck, who also shows his talent for leading a picture by directing the film as well.
“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 (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country.
The plan, dubbed outrageous, is to have Mendez go into Iran under the guise of making a Hollywood film using a generic “Star Wars” theme.
Affleck turns in a strong performance, and is surrounded by a cast that also provides plenty of drama, and a heavy dose of laughs, especially from John Goodman and Alan Arkin, who man the make-believe studio from Hollywood.
When the six Americans escape and are later rescued, Canada got all the credit for decades. It wasn’t until President Bill Clinton declassified the information decades later that American’s learned it was the ridiculous movie plot thought of by Mendeza that saves these lives.
If “Argo” doesn’t get five stars, it’s certainly close, being one of the best movies I have seen in a while.