Cinema Preview: Argo

SYNOPSIS

Based on events that really happened, Argo chronicles a covert operation to rescue six hostages, the truth of which was shrouded in mystery.

On November 4th 1979, in retaliation for the country’s support of the recently disposed shar, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iranian revolutionaries stormed the American embassy in Tehran, taking fifty-two Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the uproar, six managed to escape and slip away to find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. With it only a matter of time before their discovery and probable execution, CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) came up with a plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so impossible, it could only happen in the movies.

SHOULD YOU SEE IT?

When Tony Mendez put together an entire fake film production to gain access to Iran and rescue six Americans, his plan was considered so crazy, so far fetched and impossible to comprehend, that it could never be expected, and might just work.

A story unknown to most for decades the rescue operation was one of the most sophisticated to ever take place, and one fully deserving of a real movie adaptation.

With Ben Affleck in the lead and in the director’s chair the film looks just as incredible as the operation itself, and it’s not just an action romp either; to make the film look like it was shot in the 1970s Affleck shot it on regular film, cut the frames in half, and enlarged them to 200% so that the picture would be authentically grainy.

VERDICT?

We originally thought Argo would be one to pass over, but now we predict that Oscars are on the horizon.

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