Ben Affleck-directed Argo is a hip, well-paced thriller based upon the events surrounding the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.    The film is based on of the daring rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, told from the perspective of the mission’s lead CIA operative Tony Mendez.

If you have yet to see Argo, please know that the trailers and commercials don’t do the movie justice.  Many of the televised adverts make the film out to be a fun little picture about a phony movie crew romping around the middle east, when in fact the film is steeped in historically accurate* content and well crafted tension.  I recommend the film to history buffs and thrill junkies alike.  *(Some argue that a few historical inaccuracies exist in Argo)

Affleck plays operative Mendez, and is supported by a solid cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.  Filming mainly took place in Los Angeles, D.C. and Instanbul.  George Clooney and Grant Heslov produced along side Affleck.  Heslov it should be noted also produced “Good Night, and Good Luck”.  You will notice some similarities in the two projects once you realize the tie-in.

Argo:  A-


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