Main Cast: Alan Arkin, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Supporting Cast: Tate Donovan, Victor Garber
Director: Ben Affleck
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Released by: Warner Bros.
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
Movie Info: Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. –Warner Bros.
The Positive: Ben Affleck received rave reviews from various film critics for directing “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town” but the Academy snubbed his works. Argo is his third outing as a director and he also stars in it. And because this thriller is impeccably made, there is no way that the actor/director will get snubbed for the third time come Oscars 2013.
Affleck’s attention to detail in this film is outstanding. The story-telling is very strong leading to an edge-of-your-seat climax and a satisfying ending that will compel you to clap your hands while the credits roll.
Other strengths of the film: the make-up, the editing, the script and the performances of the ensemble.
The Negative: I’m not quite sure though if Affleck is the right person for the lead role but nevertheless, his stint as filmmaker deserves an Oscar Best Director nomination next year.
Memorable Line: “What’s your middle name? What’s your middle name? What’s your middle name? Shoot him, he’s an American spy!”
STARMOMETER SCORE: 9.5/10