Is there anything Ben Affleck can’t do? The writer, actor, director has an extensive resume and an Oscar under his belt, which he won for writing ‘Good Will Hunting’ when he was just 26 years old. Now, at 40 years old, he has created a brilliant film that has critics and moviegoers everywhere buzzing about possible Oscar nods. This brilliant film is ‘Argo’ which is actually based off true events. The film centers on C.I.A. agent, Tony Mendez (Affleck) attempting to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Iran in the year 1979.
For not knowing the story, ‘Argo’ was a true nail biter. Throughout the entire film, the audience is at the edge of their seat hoping and praying that these six Americans will be saved and brought home safely.
In 1979, Iranians revolted against the U.S. embassy in Iran and held 52 Americans hostage. A group of six Americans were able to escape and hide out in the Canadian Embassy, and it was up to Tony Mendez and the rest of the C.I.A to devise a plan and get the Americans home.
That plan was to create a fake movie entitled ‘Argo’ and pretend to shoot the film in Iran with those six U.S. diplomats. Affleck did a fantastic job, cutting this film to truly make every scene thrilling and nerve-wracking. The acting was superb; Affleck portrayed Tony as determined, strong and compassionate. John Goodman was great as John Chambers a famous make-up artist who is known for his work in ‘Planet of the Apes’ and had also helped with disguises for the C.I.A. in previous cases. Goodman was funny and likeable. Alan Arkin portrayed Lester Siegel, a movie producer that helped create ‘Studio Six Productions’ with Chambers and develop a sci-fi story line for their fake film. Arkin was great as the blunt, smooth talking producer that doesn’t take no for an answer. The audience will truly care for these characters in the film, obviously more for the hostages but Affleck does a great job showcasing the C.I.A. showing compassion and worry throughout this whole implausible plan.
In conclusion, ‘Argo’ is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys thrilling, intelligent films that will leave a mark in their mind and heart after walking out of the theater. Also, for anyone who enjoys watching the power, strength and courage that one American had to stand up and fight for his people, for his country and try to bring everyone home safe.