Written November 30, 2015
I had visited Iran in 1977 and had married an Iranian soon after that. I certainly went through the taking of hostages ordeal...but, here in the USA, thank goodness. This movie brought back memories of SAVAK and the Shah of Iran. I remember being told not to say anything BAD nor anything GOOD about the Shah...or I might disappear. This was during GOOD TIMES, when the Shah was there. I totally felt the terror and tenseness that these people felt. It was a very uncomfortable feeling to be there, even in GOOD TIMES.
Ben Aflack did a MAGNIFICENT job both acting and directing this movie. I don't know why he was not nominated for his Direction in this movie. All actors did a FABULOUS acting job. I really enjoyed the movie. It kept me at the edge of my seat at the end of the movie...and kept my interest throughout.
Written February 06, 2016
That Ben Affleck got snubbed for Best Director at the Oscars is beyond belief. This is an excellent movie that keeps you on the seat of your chair many times through it.
Written September 18, 2014
Terrific picture. Edge of your seat excitement even though you know how it ends before you even buy your ticket. Not for kids because of language and some graphic I images.
Written December 25, 2014
While the story was interesting and there were other good actors in the film, I wish Affleck, as director, had put someone else in the starring role. The real guy was Hispanic; Antonio Mendez.. Couldn't Affleck have found an Hispanic actor for this role?! Affleck was wooden, depressed and macho. In scenes where he was the undercover leader, trying to pass as a Canadian filmmaker in front of the Iranians, he looked frightened and suspicious. The camera lingered on his face too many times and, as he was the director, it reinforced my sense that this was mostly a vanity project for him. While based on a true story, much was fictionalized, and so I had mixed feelings about the addition of news footage of President Carter and others of the time weighing in on the project.
Written September 02, 2015
This film is well written and directed. I was 33 at the time of this event, so I recall it vividly. The acting is very good and the intensity of the movie holds steady throughout. It has some funny lines as well as several serious moments. I did think that the usage of the F word was extreme. I will not address the political aspects of this movie. This is not the place for that. I will say that I thought the comments of President Carter at the end of the film should have been deleted. I still recommend the film as it is a well done film.