Film Review: Argo
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4/5 Argo is Ben Affleck’s third directorial effort, following 2007’s Gone Baby Gone and 2010’s The Town. Both of these films were well received by both critics and audiences – but does Argo keep up this successful streak? Yes, it does. Based on events surrounding the escape from Tehran of six diplomats after the 1979 storming of the US Embassy by students and militants, the high-stakes, life-or-death premise is set early on. Affleck stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who dreams up a plan to rescue the six through the use Hollywood subterfuge: so six new identities, a film that will never be made, and one potential chance to escape from one of the bloodiest countries in the world. Light is not a word that can be used to describe Argo. Coming as a direct result of the Iranian Revolution, the almost unimaginable level of danger that the Embassy workers are in is apparent from the opening seconds and doesn’t fade for a second during the following two hours.
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