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Argo

2012 thriller directed by Ben Affleck.

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  • May 31, 2013
One of the films that I had missed in theaters was director Ben Affleck's "Argo", which by now have won the best picture award in the 2013 Oscars.

I realize that I am late in writing a full review for this film. "Argo" is an espionage drama based on real-events that took place in the late 70's and even has given some light to the tensions between Iran and the U.S. back then.

The film is impeccably executed, Affleck succeeds in bringing his viewers through a time machine that I felt that I was right there in that period in history. Excellent production designs and set pieces, this film was meticulously rendered. The cast was great in their performances, together with the direction and writing that feels natural, it brings a certain level of believability and realism that has been hard to come from Hollywood. It delivers tension when needed by focusing on the simplest of things.

It is an honest to goodness true to life drama that every movie fan should take a look at.
[4+ Out of 5 Stars]
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June 07, 2013
I enjoyed this one as well but I think I liked his first two films better.
 
May 31, 2013
We saw this one in theatres, and we enjoyed it. I've been told -- though I haven't checked it out myself -- that the script takes a lot of liberties with the actual facts of the case, but it isn't the first film to do so. I will say that methinks the heaps of praise it earned was, largely, politically-driven and definitely overrated, but such is life, I guess.
 
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review by . October 12, 2012
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If Argo did anything besides make me grab a complete stranger in the movie theater for fear of the hostages lives, it was prove once and for all that Ben Affleck is a great director.  He has proven his stuff in the past with Gone Baby Gone and The Town, but Argo has affirmed that he can direct the crap out of anything.  It has the perfect mix of tension, action, drama, and laughs and may be one of the best movies I have seen all year.  You may expect a dry telling of a hostage …
review by . October 26, 2012
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Star Rating:         In late 1979, at the height of the Iranian Revolution, fifty-two Americans were taken prisoner and held hostage by Islamic militants after they seized control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The six diplomats that managed to evade capture took shelter in the homes of various “friendly country” ambassadors, including that of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor. The covert plan to rescue them, a joint venture between the government of Canada …
review by . December 29, 2012
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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 …
review by . March 26, 2013
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Secret operation thrillingly brought to the screen
During the 1979 take-over of the American Embassy in Tehran, six Americans escape and are hidden in the Canadian Embassy. The CIA hatches a plot to get them out by having them masquerade as members of a Canadian sci-fi film project.      What a stunning movie. It is unbearably tense and the ending left me breathless and in tears. Director/Star Ben Affleck does a wonderful job and it's all the more harrowing because it's a true story. John Goodman and Alan Arkin play Hollywood …
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