Thursday, October 18, 2012
Brilliant depiction of the true story of the rescue of 6 hostages who had taken refuges in Iran in the home of the Canadian Ambassador. Marvelous cast, including the Director, Ben Affleck, who plays "Tony Mendez," the CIA agent who plans their escape using the ploy of pretending the 6 are members of a film crew using Iran as the site of a science fiction movie called "Argo." In the excellent cast of 15 I recognized Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston. To make things look authentic, a script is written and printed up, newspaper coverage is managed to advertise the making of this non-existent film, and each of the hostages is give a false name to match their assumed roles in the making of the movie. Even knowing that the plan actually was successful, the movie was so well done, it kept me in suspense! Plus, humor was perfectly and appropriately included in the clever script by Chris Terrias and Joshua Bearman. (George Clooney is listed among the 6 producers -- he obviously knew a good thing when he saw it!) Highly recommended!