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Argo

2012 thriller directed by Ben Affleck.

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Argo heats seats and shows it's teeth in the front of audience. Gripping and calm inducing.

  • Dec 29, 2012
Rating:
+3
Argo doesn't pump the brakes on any short notice. It's not one sided, it doesn't force the viewer to think more than it needs to, and it sure avoids a hostage crysis within the borders of our beloved theaters. It comfortably delivers a great dose of adrenaline by polishing one of the most interesting CIA stories of hot-zones extractions and intelligence gathering ever revealed to the press. 



Ben Affleck, unlike in his career as an actor, managed to surpass himself as a director each time he had a new movie coming out. The more he works in the world of film-crafting the more we witness a great young director who's developing his hidden skills and gives a huge attention to his range. Ben Affleck proved that he's very meticulous with his films but you never sense that as an audience. He puts a lot of emphasis on creating believable and immersive worlds which will haunt the viewer. Argo is the movie that just lifted the curtains on Affleck's true skills. Great setup of the '70s, gripping political atmosphere, very entertaining by maintaining a darkly comedic tone which blends perfectly with the dramatical realism, terrific pacing, and a improved sense of suspense in a movie where guns or not shot frequently. The story pinched by Chris Terrio doesn't make the mistake of feeling too heavy or self-aware. It relies less on cosmetics and more on dialogue and proper exposition which feels pretty real and drives the film into a corner of intensity. 



The acting is on par with the production, prominently the work of Alan Arkin as the ironic and consp*cuous film producer Lester Siegel, John Goodman as the known and missed Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers, and Bryan Cranston as Jack O'Donnell, a CIA supervisor. Ben Affleck feels a bit lifeless and dull. I understand that the character requires some sort of "silencio" but he pushes it too far and takes it outside of the world of acting making it just a mumble of his own. Like I previously mentioned, his acting career remains at the same level of using numb expressions and comedic gestures, forcing him to fail at creating likable characters.



Technically the film stands fine on it's own. Warm cinematography, great costume design, and appropriate choices of interiors and exteriors. The thing that stands out the most is probably the score by the insanely talented composer Alexandre Desplat. Desplat has a great year not only pinning work for this major film but also for the other well-received political-thriller, Zero Dark Thirty. I can't wait to see that film as well and to hear his fantastic work over there but I'm positive he's already one of the definite contenders for the Oscars.

Argo heats seats and shows it's teeth in the front of audience. It's not only a gripping film that explores as accurately as possible a real event, but it's also calm inducing. It doesn't feel like a rush or a chase through busy markets. Sure, it has it's missteps, mainly the lack of a strong emotional core or a tangible main character but everything else feels like home.

Story: 9.0
Acting: 8.5
Technical Execution: 8.8
Replay Value: 8.5
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OVERALL: 8.7

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