Randy's Review - 'Argo'

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tension highlights rescue effort

"Argo" would have been a great film if it had been the result of a creative mind. The fact that it was based on a true story makes it that much more remarkable.

Ben Affleck often gets a bad rap. Sometimes he deserves it. He's done some stinkers over the years - reference "Gigli" - but he will definitely leap back into deserved stardom for both his directorial work and acting as the lead character in Argo. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA specialist called in to consult when six American diplomats escape the embassy in Iran as revolutionaries took control of the building and the American citizens on site in 1979.

The six escapees find refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber) but know it's only a matter of time before the Iranians discover their absence.

Multiple plans to extricate the six are rejected, until Mendez, with the blessing of his supervisor Jack O'Donnell (Bryan Cranston) pitches the idea of going in under the guise of a Canadian film crew performing a location search for a new science fiction film, Argo. Mendez enlists the help of a Hollywood make-up man, John Chambers (John Goodman) and old school producer, Larry Siegel (Alan Arkin) to make the film appear legitimate.

Getting into Iran is a challenge; getting out seems almost impossible. With the odds stacked against him, Mendez engages the six-person group, assigning each a role as a member of the film crew with a completely new background, which each must memorize if they hope to get out of the hostile country alive.

Great acting, plenty of tense moments and you spend a great deal of the film trying to figure out how they are going to pull off the great escape. The final 20 minutes of Argo will keep you on the edge of your seat. And you have to keep reminding yourself this actually happened.


Randy's Review: "Argo"

On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, Argo spills over with 4. Perfect seasoning in this one, but make sure you have a drink for when your throat gets dry. MPAA Rating: R, Running Time: 2 hours. This film was reviewed at Southpark 7 Theatres in Spencer.

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