“From Ben Affleck, director of…”
Skip back about 3 years, and I would have greeted that quote with much eye-rolling and/or sniggering. Despite all his early promise as an actor, Affleck had just kept on starring in inconsequential fluff at best, Gigli at worst. And then in 2007, he must have just got sick of being in other people’s movies, and decided to make his own.
Gone Baby Gone arrived out of nowhere, but got a lot of people’s attention with it’s stellar performances and gritty story. And with his 2010 released crime drama, The Town, springboarding Jeremy Renner while holding it’s own among the Awards season heavyweights, I had suddenly become a Ben Affleck fan. Hell, I might even have found it in my heart to forgive him for Daredevil.
Now he is back with his next directorial effort, and this time he’s taking on a real-life 70’s Iranian hostage crisis… with bad science-fiction.
The story appears to flip flop between the intense human drama of the hostages and the absolute absurdity of the plan that was concocted to rescue them. It’s going to take a deft hand to get the balance between these two aspects just right. Stray too far either way and we could be in either dour or parody country, but get it right and we could be treated to one of the most unique “spy stories” we’ve ever seen.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Based on true events, “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. “
Last Updated: May 9, 2012