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Argo

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Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humour, the nerve-frying suspense. There's no doubt he's crafted one of the best movies of the year.

Rolling Stone

Oh, that Affleck! Having blown all memory of Box Office flops Gigli and Jersey Girl out of our heads thanks his stunning directing debut Gone Baby Gone and brilliant follow-up The Town, Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting) now raises his game with this absolutely sublime political thriller. Based on a declassified true story, Argo chronicles ‘the best bad idea’ the CIA have every come up with, as agent Tony Mendez (Affleck) attempts to help a group of American diplomats escape Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, by getting them to pose as a Canadian film crew making a fake sci-fi movie. An outstanding mixture of humour and suspense that cements Affleck’s reputation as one of the most exciting filmmakers in Hollywood.

Director(s): Ben Affleck   Country of Origin: United States  Year: 2012   Running Time: 2 hours 0 minutes  
BBFC Advice: 15 No children under 15 may watch this film.  

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Film Club said...

All but one member enjoyed Argo, the dissenter doing so on both political grounds and a general disinterest in this genre.

Ben Affleck’s third film was an exciting adventure story with an excellent script, some fine performances, thrilling second unit action sequences and a suitably tense finale.

Affleck confirmed the promise shown in his earlier movies; Gone Baby Gone and The Town and seems on course to become a serious director.

2 years ago


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Brian Thompson said...

A superb political thriller building to the most nail biting, edge of the seat ending I've seen in a long time, with excellent touches of comedy, and as Ben Affleck has said in interview the use of unknown actors in the parts of the diplomats makes you empathize more with them and the way out scheme to get them out of Iran. Q. Was that an uncredited 2 second cameo by Jack Nicholson near the end when someone pops his head around the door asking how the film is going as John Goodman is rolling up the poster!

2 years ago


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Jonathan Lansana said...

Argo really did surpass all the expectations I had based on the trailer and overall was a really enjoyable experience, filled with a mix of heart pounding drama and light-hearted comedic moments this film really does play with your emotions. Cleverly introducing the historical and political context from the get go which really helps you to delve deeper into the background behind this narrative. A real superb cast who all bring their own part to the film, with a great performance as the protagonist Tony Mendez, with stellar support from John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin, not to lessen the contribution of the whole cast. The narrative really does go up and down with the tension as the story is laid out and progresses but through out you are on the edge wondering what will happen next. A great job from Ben Affleck with the direction of this film, and I'd definitely recommend everyone check it out, and make sure you don't leave as soon as the film ends, as there's some interesting extra historical information during the start of the credits.

2 years ago


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Steve Drayton said...

Like The Imposter earlier this year - you couldn't make this story up.
It's a tight, claustrophobic escape movie, all the more remarkable as it was made by a man who appeared in Pearl Harbour. Period detail and historical context firmly anchor the film, and although there may be some dramatic licence involved, that doesn't cheapen the film. The final hour cranks up the tension. Splendid stuff, well done Ben. You're forgiven for Armageddon now as well.

2 years ago

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