Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: Argo

Dir. Ben Affleck
Country: USA
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 120mins

“Argo” was the title of a screenplay to a cheap Star Wars wannabe that landed on Hollywood’s collective desk in the late 1970s. A sci-fi action movie set on a dusty, intergalactic terrain that saw good vs evil play out in broad strokes, to be filmed amid the violence-ravaged scenery of Iran by a Canadian production house. The film was ultimately never made because this is actually the story to a now declassified CIA operation involving the rescue of six American nationals from Iran after they escaped an embassy ambush in 1980. With the help of the Canadian government as well a pair of old guard Hollywood stalwarts, the mission’s success and failure ultimately hinged on everyone’s ability to sell this ludicrous tall tale as one of utmost reality. The rest is history.

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