Movie Review: “Argo”

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

(Photo: Warner Bros Pictures)

(Photo: Warner Bros Pictures)

Summary: Based on a true story, CIA specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) hatches a creative plan to free six Americans held hostage in Iran. They pose as a movie crew scouting Iran as a possible shooting location for the fictional high-budget sci-fi film Argo.

Review: The story of Argo is so unbelievable that it would have to be a true story for it to work on camera. Is it possible to pose as a movie crew to free six hostages? Well, Argo proves it is true only with Hollywood on your side. Directed and starring Ben Affleck, this is J.Lo’s ex (sorry, I couldn’t resist) at his film-making best. Slick, polished and enough suspense to keep viewers engaged, Argo deserves the accolades this awards season yet is still accessible to the average audience. However, with Lincoln, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty, Argo will get lost this season.

Written by Chris Terrio, the story takes place in 1979. It is almost comical to watch Affleck and team  with the thick mustaches, campy suits and big eyeglasses of the ’70s — the only element missed were some disco beats. But the setting is another example of the polish Argo possesses. Each scene smoothly moves to the other, building tremendous tension. It’s quite an accomplishment, especially if you know how the story ends. That said, even if you know the history-making ending for the six American hostages, the suspenseful journey of Argo is worth the watch. Furthermore, the Warner Bros. film is much more cohesive and skillful than the other “epics” released this year — Argo only clocks in at a two-hour running time and tells a much better story than the films that over-stuff audiences with nearly three-hours.  Editing is an art form!

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