Written October 15, 2012
It's hard not to read something sinister into everything that appears politically biased today. So, in the spirit of fairness, I'll stand in the middle and not judge the motives of these producers but the merit and accuracy of their work. I'm an expert witness to this event in history. The film makers took much license for entertainment. Given the timing of release, misdirection could be taken as intentionally revisionist, or propagandist. Even were one to dismiss this fact, there's still the matter of insensitivity to the plights of ten times the number of these early runners who nervously dined lavishly, however briefly, in the moose lodge while dozens of their coworkers lived as savages at the hands of madmen. Yes, as stated in the end titles, the other release came on 1-20-1981; left out was the fact it was: AT THE VERY MOMENT Reagan was inaugurated. Those nuts didn't fear Carter, just as they continue to fear NO Democrat leader of this nation. 1-20-2013 history repeats, or not.
Written December 28, 2014
This movie is timely, well acted, well written, well shot, and just.. well brilliant! Way to go Mr.Affleck. I didn't know you had it in you.
Written November 01, 2012
Well thought out and detailed, this is another great job by Ben. He loves to pile tension upon tension upon tension. He takes advantage of every opportunity to make you sweat and it works.
A well scripted story, accurate elements of the period, and real dialogue & tone, but what really sells the tension and feel are the "Iranians". Fanatical, angry, and ruthless.
I really appreciated the first few minutes of set up to show what a hypocritical policy we had on Iran in the 70's.
This is well thought out and worth full price.
Written December 26, 2014
I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire movie. I usually don't like sitting in theaters to watch movies, but I really wanted to see this one when it came out, and boy, it didn't disappoint. Great acting, great direction (by Affleck no less), fantastic story. So unbelievable that it couldn't be true, but it is. Anyway, fantastic movie. Won't be surprised if it gets awards.
Written November 22, 2014
Excellent historical drama of a little known event effecting 6 hostages during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 in Teheran. The acting was authentic; great role portrayals. This along with excellent directing and cinematography makes for a real spellbinder with very real heroes. Not to be missed if you enjoy history and learning classified facts that were eventually released by the government. A true story of how people from different countries can pull together for the good of individuals. A must Go!!