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Argo

00:00 October 29, 2012
By: David Vicari
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I equate Argo with movies like Apollo 13 (1995). They are based on true stories so the outcome shouldn't be in doubt, but they are so extremely well-made that you become completely involved. In 1979, Iranian revolutionaries overran the American embassy in Iran and took several Americans hostage. Through the chaos, however, six Americans did manage to escape and find a temporary safe haven with the Canadian Ambassador. The CIA turns to exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to get them out of the country. Mendez's seemingly crazy plan in to, with the help of Hollywood producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman), create a phony movie project looking to shoot in Iran, and once there, smuggle out the Americans by pretending they are part of the production crew. Affleck directs Argo and does a expert job on ratcheting up the tension. With this and The Town (2010), he has proven that he's a damn fine director. While it is a little too cut and dry at times, Argo is still a terrific and exciting caper.

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