Film Review: Argo (2012), directed by Ben Affleck


Argo is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck, based in the book The Master of Disguise (2000) and in 2007 Wired magazine article The Great Escape, by journalist Joshuah Bearman. It was released in Spanish theatres on 26 October, 2012. Begoña and I went and see Argo yesterday.

Plot Summary: 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 Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. (Taken from Argo Official Website).

For a more accurate account of the facts narrated in the film click HERE, but, bearing in mind that this is just a work of fiction loosely based on real facts, I enjoyed very much.  

My rating: 8/10.

2 thoughts on “Film Review: Argo (2012), directed by Ben Affleck”

  1. José Ignacio – I’m glad you enjoyed the movie. I think that’s the thing about movies like that: one has to take them as the fictional works they are and judge them on their own merits, rather than on their historical accuracy.

    1. Margot Kinberg,
      In this country (US) a story loosely based on a true historical event is often considered just a movie, and only for entertainment. While in many other parts of the world (Europe for instance) movies are considered like books and can have influence on kids and adults, taught in classes, since it’s an effective medium for education. It’s precisely up to the individual to either fact check the event, (although the fact wasn’t available till 1996) or perhaps move on to another form of entertainment. Hollywood industry tries real hard to make movies for comedy/education/drama/and romance and etcetera so you can choose each category based on what you choose for that free time of day, but people often do not have the tolerance to digest the actual truth, and can dismiss the educational movies, for perhaps of not having accurate information. Like the movie “JFK” or Malcolm X, or even “Ali” (Muhammad Ali’s biographical played by Will Smith) Movies are a very important medium, and although can fit for entertainment, but not for a second doubt it can very well work as a power of manipulation.

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