June 16, 2014
'Argo' is a historical film done wonderfully and truthfully.
In 1979 many Iranians stormed the U.S. embassy due to the United Sates taking the shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi into their country to treat him. The Iranian revolution was intended to take the shah out of power due to corruption and poor leadership. As a result of Iranians overthrowing the U.S. embassy, six Americans were taken hostage causing the U.S. to respond with a plan. C.I.A. agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) lead an operation in which he would fly to Tehran,Iran to pose as a Hollywood film producer filming a science-fiction film called Argo in Iran. The plan was to meet up with the six hostages and make them pose as filmmakers such as a director, editor, costume designer etc. Mendez took many preparations for this mission which includes making a fake production company, creating a film story, and making tough travel arrangements. Screenwriter Chris Terrio covers almost every part of this incredible true story beautifully. He shows the other agents and diplomats responsible for coming up with the plan and how ti was taken into action. He shows Tony Mendez's travel, work, and family life superbly that make it more than just a true story that is all about "this happened first, then that, then this, then that, the end." The scenes where Mendez gets the hostages and has to leave Iran is so intense you'll freak, even knowing how the film mends due to being a true story. One thing director/producer Ben Affleck does that is daring is fantasizing a little detail towards the end for dramatic play. The scene doesn't ruin the truth of the story in the slightest, instead makes the film intense and extra special. The film making aspects and acting are great, and the production design takes you deep into the story like it were real.'Argo' is a true story film with fascinating history that is stylized to make it intense and interesting so it isn't like your reading a dang history book.
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