Ben Affleck is back! Not only did Affleck star in "Argo", he directed and helped to produced it!
Quality film right here, most definitely. "Argo" is about a CIA specialist, by the name of Tony Mendez, who masterminds the great escape of 6 US Embassy members from the capital of Iran.
"Argo" is based on a true story and earned several awards/nominations for it's extraordinary delivery of an honest american success story.
The performances were superb, as each actor embraced the anxiety and realness that the original individuals experienced in 1979.
The story starts off with a critical overtaking of
the US embassy in Tehran during 79' which resulted in 50 plus members of the US Embassy being taken hostage. Fortunately, 6 made it out by the skin of their teeth to find refuge in the home of a Canadian ambassador, by the name of Ken Taylor. Their situation was bleak and flapping in the wind, the government didn't know how to go about rescuing the 6 hideaways from an almost impossible situation. That was until, Tony Mendez cooked up a never-before-scene scheme to get our people out safe and sound. The idea was crazy, it was rejected at first, but Tony knew his idea was the best chance they had at getting them out alive.
I think it's amazing how America came together with Canada to conquer an evil greater than themselves. Countries working together for a common cause is something that you don't hear of too often any more, we need more of that. You have to wonder how many other great rescues have we performed that we never heard about? Bill Clinton was flexible enough to declassify the contents of this mission to the public and for this we are grateful. I'm almost certain that there are a few more Tony M's so to speak in our history that have performed great services for this country that we will never hear about.
Guess we'll just have to take it one film at a time, as Ben Affleck does, I guess. Ben has had quite a few misfires in his career, but when he connects with the ball, he hits it out the park! I haven't seen him this good in a movie since Goodwill Hunting, could be partly because he had more than a hand in the direction of the film. There were a lot of other quality actors in this film such as John Goodman, I tell you we can't get enough of this guy over here at UR. Goodman was also in "Flight", a movie that has been reviewed here on Unhinged, he consistently puts out quality in his roles no matter how small or big.
Aside from the awesome actors in the movie, we have the conversation of politics. You have to read/watch the news to keep up with the times of the day because they are always changing it seems. The political outrage that occurs in some of the films we watch portray thousands/millions feeling betrayed or angry with decisions made by their leaders and enforcers. You have to wonder how far away we are from uprisings and other displays of significant outrage toward our country's direction and/or policies. We're not there just yet, but seems pretty damn close.
This movie is a solid home-run, there's no way you can go wrong with watching this film. It's truthful, but it's edgy and Edgy means something here at Unhinged Reviews, we love it! I rented it on RedBox to watch, but you can find it for rent at your local video-store or friend's home that maintains a decent collection of long to short films.
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