Friday, October 12, 2012


As an actor and a director, Ben Affleck keeps getting better and better.  His new film Argo is a flawless thriller based on the 1979 Iranian revolution, when 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
Six Americans escaped during the takeover of the American Embassy and hid in the home of the Canadian ambassador for almost 3 months.

An effort to rescue them was launched by the CIA, headed by agent Tony Mendez, who came up with the idea of bringing them out as members of a film crew, searching out locations for a fictitious movie called Argo.

Everyone in this cast from the ersatz producers played by Alan Arkin and John Goodman to the six embassy fugitives, including Tate Donovan and Clea DuVall, to the Canadian ambassador played by Victor Garber to his maid played by Sheila Vand to the Iranians, including Omid Abtahi and Farshad Farahat are all super excellent.

It’s an incredibly hard job to both direct and star in a film, but Affleck has pulled this off as well as it’s ever been done.


Argo is thrilling throughout and makes you proud to be an American despite the errors of the support of a despot that got the Country into the mess which still haunts us to this day.

The film well deserves a 5 out of 5.

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