Argo (2012)

Argo
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Coarse language, mature themes and violence

Director: Ben Affleck
Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot Mcnairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Bob Gunton, Philip Baker Hall, Richard Kind, Sheila Vand

At the height of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Islamist militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Six manage to get away and hide in the home of the Canadian ambassador, but the solution is temporary because they know as soon as the militants figure out where they are, they'll be killed. CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky scheme to get them safely out of the country. His plan is to pose as a film producer scouting locations in Iran for an upcoming sci-fi production called Argo. The American hostages, in disguises, will then accompany him out of the country as his film crew. In order to pull it off, Mendez enlists the help of veteran Hollywood producer Lester Siegel and make-up artist John Chambers.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 115mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
The spy stays in the picture
by Simon Miraudo,

Here's a story so strange and unlikely I can scarcely believe it's true. No, I'm not referring to the tale of Argo, in which the CIA attempted to sneak six American hostages out of Iran by pretending they were a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a new sci-fi flick. That kind of stuff - though incredible - probably happens all the time, and considering this particular 1980 adventure was only declassified in 1997, you can imagine all the other crazy exploits being undertaken at this very moment. Rather, I'm talking about the tale behind Argo; that of Ben Affleck solidifying his credentials as one of the best and most exciting filmmakers in the business after floundering for years as a leading man. With this, his third feature, he emerges as a reliable director of serious, adult thril...

Here's a story so strange and unlikely I can scarcely believe it's true. No, I'm not referring to the tale of Argo, in which the CIA attempted to sneak six American hostages out of Iran by pretending they were a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a new sci-fi flick. That kind of stuff - though incredible - probably happens all the time, and considering this particular 1980 adventure was only declassified in 1997, you can imagine all the other crazy exploits being undertaken at this very moment. Rather, I'm talking about the tale behind Argo; that of Ben Affleck solidifying his credentials as one of the best and most exciting filmmakers in the business after floundering for years as a leading man. With this, his third feature, he emerges as a reliable director of serious, adult thrillers while still displaying a deft sense of humour and legitimate action chops. But 'reliable' suggests he's 'workmanlike,' and that would probably be expected of any actor who didn't totally embarrass himself behind the camera. Affleck is better than that. His name should now inspire delight and excitement in anyone that glimpses it on a movie poster, and for the longest time that was not the case.

After a brief, curiously animated introduction to the circumstances surrounding the Iranian Revolution, we are plunged into the fateful events of November 4, 1979, in which the U.S. embassy in Tehran is overthrown by angry protesters (the recent attacks against American embassies were immediately brought to mind). It's one of the most dread-inducing and intense openings of recent years. Eager for the States' to return the former Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the revolutionaries hold 52 people hostage, and try citizens suspected of having allegiances to the West in a kangaroo court that frequently ends with execution. Six government employees - portrayed nicely by Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishe and Scoot McNairy  - evade capture by leaving their frying pan of an embassy office and escaping into the fryer-like streets. Hidden away by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber), they await salvation. When months pass and no salvation comes, they resign themselves to eventually being found out by the Ayatollah's roaming army.

The U.S. government turns to exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez (a magnificently bearded Affleck), who comes up with a plan so crazy it just might work (that it was inspired by Battle for the Planet of the Apes should have been a concern). With the help of Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and an experienced producer (Alan Arkin, as an amalgam of real figures), Mendez purchases the script for a Star Wars knock off by the name of Argo, stages a costumed reading in the hopes of getting mentioned in Variety, commissions a one-sheet, and asks the Iranian culture minister if his crew might scout locations in his besieged, dystopian-looking capital. Mendez arrives in Tehran with good news for the confined sextet: they're coming home! Well, so long as they can convincingly pose as fancy creative types. Quick, someone stick a neckerchief on Tate Donovan!

It is a testament to Affleck's burgeoning reputation that he can recruit some of the finest character actors for the smallest of roles. There's a temptation to list them all here; if only there was some sort of movie database on the internet that could provide you with that information so it didn't clutter up my review. Best of all is Bryan Cranston as Mendez's boss and confidant Jack O'Donnell, but you should also keep an eye out for a particularly prickly Kyle Chandler, the omnipresent Chris Messina, Affleck-mainstay Titus Welliver, as well as Bob Gunton and Philip Baker Hall, playing elder CIA honchos who O'Donnell hilariously describes as "the two old f**** in The Muppets." Also, everybody's haircuts are fantastic.

Screenwriter Chris Terrio - working from a Wired article by Joshuah Bearman - takes some expected liberties with the facts, though that should be of less concern than how he actually puts together the events and conveys the struggle from both sides with sensitivity. Argo, obviously, places its sympathies with the light-skinned captives, but it would be ignorant to think that Terrio and Affleck are trying to white-wash the situation. A moment of triumph for Mendez and company is immediately contrasted with a moment of heartbreaking struggle for one Iranian woman who had assisted in their escape. Parallels like this recur, but Argo is never heavy-handed. A sequence in which the "film crew" explore an over-populated bazaar - in which all the unsubtitled, aggressive-looking citizens threaten to 'make' our heroes - veers closest to a questionable depiction of the locals, but it does seem to accurately reflect the concerns and fears of those who have just witnessed a body hanging above them in the streets. It might be wiser to save your claims of xenophobia for something like Taken 2, which, admittedly, doesn't pretend to have a brain cell in its ugly skull, but indeed features a series of greasy Albanian villains who are aided in their conspiracy to 'take' Liam Neeson by every single person in Istanbul. There's "creating an intense, claustrophobic situation in a foreign locale" and there's "inciting unquestioning fear of 'the other'," and Argo pulls off the former far more often than it accidentally achieves the latter.

Despite the terrifying circumstances - and the real world ramifications - of the Iranian Revolution, Argo still manages to find some rich humour in its outlandish set-up. Goodman and Arkin make a wonderful double act, as they tour Mendez through the similarly terrifying and duplicitous world of Los Angeles. The thrills are there too. The final set piece, in which the escape plan is finally put in motion, is expertly carried out by Affleck, whose steady-hand is mirrored by Mendez's equally assured leadership. It's a decent lead performance from him, but you can sense he's happy to let his supporting cast steal the show. Affleck does, however, give himself a couple of hero shots, one of which recalls Robert Redford from Argo's antecedent All the President's Men. Fair enough. Though he's not yet reached the heights of Redford as an actor, he's trumped him as a director.

4/5

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Member Reviews (114)

David W
says
A very well made movie
Posted Saturday, 12 July 2014 See my other reviews
Steve
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What was all he fuss about. More like a documentary than a movie and that stupid voice over that says the most obvious, so annoying. How this won any oscars, who knows. Only because it was an American movie about America succeeding with the hostages, when it is then USA all the way. Throw a million oscars at it. Most parts boring and went on and on with not much happening and the bulk of the initial part of the movie a talk fest.
Posted Friday, 4 July 2014 See my other reviews
This movie ended up good but very slow, thank god for Iphone games.
Posted Monday, 19 May 2014 See my other reviews
Jenny
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very good movie thoroughly enjoyed it
Posted Sunday, 11 May 2014 See my other reviews
CarolinW
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If you can look past the ridiculous moustaches and unflattering spectacles that the actors all seem to wear, this is actually a very good film. The ending was superbly executed and completely spellbounding; i was literally sitting on the edge of my seat.
Posted Wednesday, 7 May 2014 See my other reviews
Leonie
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A true thriller and suspenseful to the end. Loved it.
Posted Sunday, 4 May 2014 See my other reviews
Michelle L
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In short, see it as a dramatic re-enactment of events in 1979 and you will do well. Ben Affleck did well with this one. Came across as a bit of a documentary. I'm old enough to remember seeing the news footage, so it was a bit of a trip down memory lane. Although, not a lot said about the other 50 or so who were hostages for over a year. If you like documentaries, and/or l like historical dramas, then you'll like this one. If you want to escape reality, then this is not the movie to escape with.
Posted Friday, 2 May 2014 See my other reviews
Warwick
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A good movie. Love the tension at the airport just before they got out. Held my attention throughout.
Posted Saturday, 12 April 2014 See my other reviews
Fantastic, I just loved it. So restrained and tense.
Posted Friday, 11 April 2014 See my other reviews
Helen M
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This movie was OK as I found it disjointed and hard to follow...prompting lots of questions...1 in particular being, "What happened to the other Americans?". Seemed to be a lot of hype over a side-line story. It wasn't until the end that I realised the REAL story was the 'others' who were held for over a year!!!! Where's their stories? Bit of a yawn.
Posted Thursday, 10 April 2014 See my other reviews
excellent
Posted Saturday, 29 March 2014 See my other reviews
CL-D
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Very slick drama and great collaborative work between Afleck and Clooney. It's a no B/S account of a true event but you almost feel the terror these people felt being grounded in a foreign land with the country just having been taken over by religious Zealots who would think nothing of murdering anybody in the name of religion. It showed a chilling illustration of mob mentality at it's worst in the opening minutes which left the viewer feeling what it must have been like to be there. ARGO get f%$#@*d ..?.....I wonder if that was intentional in the real version?
Posted Friday, 14 March 2014 See my other reviews
just wasn't my thing... a
Posted Friday, 7 March 2014 See my other reviews
Well made drama but didn't hold my attention. I found it a bit boring really.
Posted Saturday, 1 March 2014 See my other reviews
Fab film, like the use of actual event footage as well.
Posted Wednesday, 19 February 2014 See my other reviews
Suspenseful, great acting, good script. Loved the seventies clothes.
Posted Sunday, 16 February 2014 See my other reviews
Very good movie. Just not my cup of tea.
Posted Saturday, 15 February 2014 See my other reviews
Mary
says
A surprise that it was that good. Excellent work by the actors and director. Would recommend.
Posted Sunday, 9 February 2014 See my other reviews
Good one
Posted Thursday, 6 February 2014 See my other reviews
I can see why this won the academy award! Held my attention from start to finish.
Posted Tuesday, 21 January 2014 See my other reviews
Brilliant!
Posted Tuesday, 21 January 2014 See my other reviews
Brilliant, suspenseful, best movie i've seen this year.
Posted Sunday, 19 January 2014 See my other reviews
Chris C
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I loved this film! <3
Posted Wednesday, 18 December 2013 See my other reviews
Ray
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A great movie , full of suspense, but it really does make your blood boil when you see what these flea bitten third world Countries get up to and get away with and it makes your blood boil even more when here we are 33 years later and these flea bitten Countries are behaving worse than ever, thanks to todays weak kneed leaders like Carter
Posted Friday, 13 December 2013 See my other reviews
Kaz
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Great movie based on a true story. Ben Affleck did a wonderful job. Had trouble reading the subtitles at times. Had to keep rewinding and pausing as they only stayed for a short time.
Posted Sunday, 1 December 2013 See my other reviews
kathy
says
a fantastic movie,would recommend to others
Posted Friday, 22 November 2013 See my other reviews
chali
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Quite good action/drama. But Ben Affleck a bit too much the hero. Really interesting history.
Posted Monday, 18 November 2013 See my other reviews
GSP
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Great movie that creates much suspense and impact with the knowledge it is based on a true story. Bit my nails til they bled. Four and a half stars!!
Posted Thursday, 14 November 2013 See my other reviews
Pam McNabb
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Top notch it was something I did not no at the time I lived through those time so thank you Ben Affleck for the film well done.
Posted Friday, 1 November 2013 See my other reviews
Varg
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Well written and well cast movie. When you compare the actual documentary with this movie, the truth really hits you. The end was Hollywood, but added some drama to the story. Worth watching. Great performance by Ben Affleck.
Posted Tuesday, 29 October 2013 See my other reviews
A bit beyond me. I read in the Guardian review that they thought it was a comedy. Real life? If it is the Americans are a stranger lot than I imagined. When it got to Planet of the Apes I was lost. Bizarre American script that downplays the role of Canadians, Brits and Kiwis. Don't waste your time.
Posted Sunday, 13 October 2013 See my other reviews
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did. Incredible to think it's a true story. Well acted and the resemblance to the real people is uncanny....well cast and acted!
Posted Sunday, 13 October 2013 See my other reviews
Ben Affleck makes yet another thought provoking and enertaining movie. Loved it
Posted Thursday, 10 October 2013 See my other reviews
Good story interesting and great acting
Posted Thursday, 3 October 2013 See my other reviews
Mintiegirl
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Thoroughly entertaining. Interesting to watch the special features. Complex story well compacted into a great movie.
Posted Monday, 30 September 2013 See my other reviews
Great acting, loved the movie. Enjoyed the extra features as much as the movie. Suspect a liberal dash of ... based on real events kept it moving along.
Posted Wednesday, 18 September 2013 See my other reviews
joffa
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interesting different speil on political turmoil abroad & how to 'overcome it' worthwhile watch
Posted Saturday, 14 September 2013 See my other reviews
Good movie.
Posted Tuesday, 10 September 2013 See my other reviews
garrett
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Great movie! Kept me watching from start to finish ,and being based on fact was all the better. Ben Affleck's best movie, so far
Posted Monday, 26 August 2013 See my other reviews
Antony D
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Very good movie! The story line is fairly accurate, but there were some liberties taken for the sake of a good story. Good acting, great tension.. the actual footage made the tension even more palpable... Sit on the edge of your seat.. and dont leave the screen!
Posted Saturday, 24 August 2013 See my other reviews
McLovin
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A clever operation and a well made film to tell the story.
Posted Saturday, 17 August 2013 See my other reviews
Phillip
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Well acted ,well directed ,the airport scene lokked a bit "Hollywood ' but may be accurate. Recommended
Posted Wednesday, 14 August 2013 See my other reviews
Alison Grills
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They used some artistic license but overall told a good story. Kept my attention all the way through.
Posted Monday, 12 August 2013 See my other reviews
Thoroughly enjoyable. Probably the best work I have seen by Ben Affleck.
Posted Sunday, 11 August 2013 See my other reviews
Cammo
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Loved this. Really well written and acted. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole movie. No boring.or superfluous scenes or characters. Highly recommended.
Posted Thursday, 1 August 2013 See my other reviews
Emma
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Can't beleive this is based from a true story. It is a bit slow in points and some of the acting is pretty average but not a bad movie at all.
Posted Wednesday, 24 July 2013 See my other reviews
Excellent movie, well casts. Highly recommended
Posted Sunday, 21 July 2013 See my other reviews
Loved it
Posted Tuesday, 16 July 2013 See my other reviews
nd
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well recreated, some historical inaccuracies though.
Posted Tuesday, 16 July 2013 See my other reviews
Gregory
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Had great expectations for this movie, alas, it was a thinly scripted plodding piece of US propaganda. Implausible airport scene near the end did not help followed by a lot of flag waving...
Posted Monday, 1 July 2013 See my other reviews
Stuart
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Enjoyable movie that was quite exciting. Based on a true story with some scenes a stretch of the truth for the story. Worth watching, especially if you like movies where Americans are the good guys
Posted Thursday, 27 June 2013 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
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Absolutely wonderful movie. Very suspenseful. A very intereting time to lookmback on. Very authentic 70's look to it. The take off scenes were awesome. Ben always looking good. Thoroughly recommend. Plus I got to watch it with my free monthly stream so even happier
Posted Monday, 24 June 2013 See my other reviews
Michael
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I can only give this movie 3 stars because otherwise it would sound a bit over-rated. It is a very interesting true story, the fact that it is a true story is the only reason it gets this many stars
Posted Sunday, 23 June 2013 See my other reviews
Adam
says
Interesting the lead up history at the beginning certainly helped explain why the Iranian people hate America.
Posted Tuesday, 18 June 2013 See my other reviews
5 stars
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Brilliant film, great acting and very interesting, all the more so because its a true story. Holds you from beginning to end. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long while.
Posted Friday, 14 June 2013 See my other reviews
Louise
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awesome, thoroughly enjoyed it. highly recommend, well worth the watch.
Posted Wednesday, 12 June 2013 See my other reviews
Regan
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Great movie, thoroughly enjoyed it
Posted Friday, 31 May 2013 See my other reviews
Bloody Brillant
Posted Monday, 27 May 2013 See my other reviews
Purplesue
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Ben Affleck has certainly made a name for himself as Director, & in this movie was certainly deserving of the Best Director Oscar that he won! Well done, a real credit to him. I feel this is where his strength lies for the future. That said, I felt the scenes of them getting to, at the airport & boarding the plane were "stretched" for gripping viewing, but I didn't mind at all. It was still a very edge of your seat movie & the likeness between the actors & the real characters were spot on!! Brilliant.
Posted Sunday, 26 May 2013 See my other reviews
Bavin
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Based on a true but bizarre story about Americans stranded in revolutionary Iran at the end of the 1970's. There are scenes spliced from actual footage and the tension never eases as the plot steadily builds to an exciting climax. The performances are all good, but a lot of the characters were portrayed as streotypes. This film won best picture at the 2013 Oscars, but I think that was mainly due to the fact that it is about some Americans who put one over them A-rabs. However, it's still an exciting thriller.
Posted Thursday, 23 May 2013 See my other reviews
Brilliant.
Posted Monday, 20 May 2013 See my other reviews
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Posted Sunday, 19 May 2013 See my other reviews
MLV
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Excellent
Posted Saturday, 18 May 2013 See my other reviews
Robert
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Without a doubt, the best movie that I have seen for a long time. Great story, good acting and the cinematography was excellent. Highly recommended
Posted Thursday, 16 May 2013 See my other reviews
Phil
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A fine movie that has tension, great acting and relevance to today's events in the Middle East. We really enjoyed every moment ... no weak scenes at all.
Posted Tuesday, 14 May 2013 See my other reviews
Kazza
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Not normally great on war movies, but the acting, plot, story all was well put together, kept me intrigued, well worth the watch.
Posted Tuesday, 14 May 2013 See my other reviews
stanarosa
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Enjoyed the movie
Posted Monday, 13 May 2013 See my other reviews
Rob
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The right balance of drama and action. If you haven't already seen the movie AR GO and get it!!
Posted Friday, 10 May 2013 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Great movie, well worth a watch, highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed this
Posted Wednesday, 8 May 2013 See my other reviews
Glenys Gray
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I had trouble following this because I couldn't hear the dialogue well. I don't know whether this was a problem with the quality of the disc of the American accents but I find it happens often even with the volume on maximum.
Posted Saturday, 4 May 2013 See my other reviews
Shirley
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An excellent movie. Intriguing story, well acted. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted Wednesday, 1 May 2013 See my other reviews
Lee
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I don't really like war/political thrillers but this was ok. I got a bit anxious watching it. Good acting throughout and at the end was surprised how closely they resembled the actual people.
Posted Friday, 26 April 2013 See my other reviews
well at last .......what an excellent movie, apart from the "word' that must be used it would seem, why is it that such excelleny actors and scripts have to resort to that.Apart from that, I found it to be a movie that had me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next and then had to sit and wait for the long drawn out bits
Posted Tuesday, 23 April 2013 See my other reviews
gothecow
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Suspensful movie I rode every twist and turn and had my guys churning despite knowing it was just a movie...based on a true story makes it even more dramatic.....great acting and plot and locations.. top viewing!
Posted Sunday, 21 April 2013 See my other reviews
Frida
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Excellant. Story pulls you through to the very end.
Posted Sunday, 14 April 2013 See my other reviews
Sue Hayes
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Great movie. Well done/acted and deserved to win the Academy award for Best Movie and Best Producer.
Posted Saturday, 13 April 2013 See my other reviews
CND
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I don't like Ben Affleck but he was great in this movie! Totally different to what I would normally go for, but thoroughly enjoyable and based on real life events - that makes it even cooler!
Posted Wednesday, 10 April 2013 See my other reviews
Chris
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A great suspenseful movie, great script great acting and the fact that it was based on actual events gave it that extra interest.Well done Ben Affleck.
Posted Wednesday, 10 April 2013 See my other reviews
sue
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Enjoyed this movie very much,rught to the very end.
Posted Wednesday, 10 April 2013 See my other reviews
jtt
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Excellent
Posted Tuesday, 9 April 2013 See my other reviews
ChrisMovies
says
Great movie. Ben Affleck is a brilliant first time director. Accurate in the finer details if you watch the credits you'll see how close to real press photos he represented the story. Loved how you also get the message about other countries in strife because of the US. A low line 'subliminal' message there. Just fantastic - deserved the Oscar and the BAFTA and deserved the 5 star rating from me.
Posted Tuesday, 9 April 2013 See my other reviews
LDB
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Brilliant! Watched it twice.
Posted Monday, 8 April 2013 See my other reviews
craig
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Quite good without being exceptional. Certainly worth watching!
Posted Monday, 8 April 2013 See my other reviews
great
Posted Monday, 8 April 2013 See my other reviews
mbbb54
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Worthy of best movie!
Posted Saturday, 6 April 2013 See my other reviews
margaret
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brilliant
Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 See my other reviews
Jannine
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Excellent film and surely deserved of its Best Film Oscar. Ben Affleck has matured to demonstrate a very accomplished actor and an excellent story teller. Also the attention to detail in this film was exceptional. Must see!
Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 See my other reviews
lark2@optusnet.com.au
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One of the BEST movies I have seen, the last 15 minutes of the movie had us on the edge of our seats. Great movie.
Posted Friday, 29 March 2013 See my other reviews
shellie
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quite a good movie. but something missing.....
Posted Tuesday, 26 March 2013 See my other reviews
Cass
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Brilliant. Loved it.
Posted Monday, 25 March 2013 See my other reviews
Otto
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Great story, well filmed. Lots of last minute suspense. Well worth watching.
Posted Friday, 22 March 2013 See my other reviews
rosielin
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Gripping at times, it also made you cheer. I thought Ben Afflek was great in both roles (actor and director)
Posted Thursday, 21 March 2013 See my other reviews
Fan
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Great movie, well done, worth all the awards it did and didnt receive.
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
Luthien Nienna
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I tried to stay away from the plotlines of this and researching the events surrounding the story before I saw this film. Very deserving of the Best Picture Oscar, and Ben does a great job acting and directing. One I will be putting in my permanent DVD collection.
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
Excellent movie. Loved every minute. Was on the edge of my seat.
Posted Monday, 18 March 2013 See my other reviews
Brilliant movie
Posted Saturday, 16 March 2013 See my other reviews
I wished I hadnt seen the star ratings before viewing it. It raised my expectations and they were not met. I saw it as a three and half star movie at best...it didnt seem to carry the drama of the situation. Worth watching but nothing to get hyped up about. Casting was not up to it.
Posted Friday, 15 March 2013 See my other reviews
J Madden
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First half of film was rather boring, but I filled in the time reading a book... The second half kept me interested. Ben Afflecks character was also boring; Arkin truly the only one acting in this film. Probably would not watch again.
Posted Friday, 15 March 2013 See my other reviews
Emma
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I loved this before I even saw it; the concept is wild and Ben Affleck is amazing, I really took to him and I am not an Affleck fan usually but I just loved him in Argo.
Posted Friday, 15 March 2013 See my other reviews
spotlight
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Oscar well deserved for this one -- based on a true story, it has the right mix of action, human drama, thrilling suspense and humour. It certainly deserved an Oscar. At times it was a bit 'Team America: World Police' - but my partner and I still really liked it! Clearly many scenes were fictionalised - but were trying to give an impression of the kind of atmosphere in Tehran at that time. Very scary. Worth seeing the equally excellent Oscar winner from 2012 'A Separation' as a kind of companion piece as to what life is like in Iran nowadays - link is http://www.quickflix.com.au/Catalogue/Title/Separation/62855?catalogueFunction=3
Posted Wednesday, 13 March 2013 See my other reviews
Case
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Full of suspense, love based on true story movies, acting was great. Not sure about it being the best film of the year but I wasn't disappointed
Posted Tuesday, 12 March 2013 See my other reviews
kimbo
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The tension throughout ARGO is extremely close to excruciating. The scenes of fanatical mobs on the streets of Tehran (Istanbul stands in very believably) are seriously scary. A shot of a man hanged from a crane reminds us of the fate that would have awaited the six escapees hiding in the Canadian residency - and their 52 embassy colleagues who were held hostage for a year and a half. The Washington scenes have the frenetic bustle and urgency of TV's WEST WING. The drama goes slightly over-the-top in the final scenes at Tehran airport, with some DIE HARD moments that threaten to undermine the story's credibility. Overall though, with excellent performances, a taut script, and direction (by Affleck) that gives the flavour of a documentary, this is a nail-biter of a movie.
Posted Sunday, 10 March 2013 See my other reviews
sue
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This was a great film with tension, recommended.
Posted Friday, 8 March 2013 See my other reviews
renata
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thoroughly enjoyed this movie. best one i have seen for a long while. good suspense
Posted Thursday, 7 March 2013 See my other reviews
Paul
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An incredible true story that deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Alan Arkin is awesome. Make sure to watch the special feature to hear from the real people involved.
Posted Thursday, 7 March 2013 See my other reviews
JoyWA
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Very good, enjoyed all aspects and would recommend.
Posted Monday, 4 March 2013 See my other reviews
Nick
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Terrific .... well deserved Best Picture at the Oscars.
Posted Sunday, 3 March 2013 See my other reviews
Poshreany
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Not my kind of Movie actually dont understand why l put it ON MY queue.
Posted Sunday, 3 March 2013 See my other reviews
gerd
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Certainly a thrilling ending, but where it also becomes apparent that the movie has deviated from plausibility. The focus on setting the scene in the early part of the movie in terms of the actual events in Iran, in Washington and in Hollywood goes on for far too long and is both confusing and rather boring. The time would have been better spent getting to know the six who ultimately are at the centre of the events. While they appear during the confusion at the embassy no effort is made to tell their stories. Consequently once they are together, their differing reactions are inexplicable. The DVD Extra is well worth watching to see how well the younger versions of the real people were cast in the movie.
Posted Sunday, 3 March 2013 See my other reviews
Johnson
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Forgetting the liberties they may have taken with the truth (and obviously there's a few -- the "close calls" are many and often), this is a superbly crafted and acted film. Takes a bit of time to get going, but when it does it's a terrific ride.
Posted Saturday, 2 March 2013 See my other reviews
Gillie G
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Adored this movie. I had no overwhelming plans to see it. Extremely glad l did though. So deserves the accolades. Congrats Mr Afflect. Well done. I walked out of the movie a bit overcome. The feeling stayed with me for a while. Cannot wait to see it again, AND with closed captions, even better!!! Recommend highly.
Posted Friday, 1 March 2013 See my other reviews
Nigel W
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The CIA launch a secret mission to free American Embassy staff caught up in the Iraq hostage crisis. Though based on true events the liberties taken with the truth have an uncomfortable smell of propaganda about it which I found annoying and in the end laughable. I don’t need this, particularly from a director and producer with so-called libertarian credentials.
Posted Thursday, 14 February 2013 See my other reviews
Jack
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What an awesome film! Can't wait until the dvd comes out so I will watch it again and again!
Posted Tuesday, 15 January 2013 See my other reviews
Kylie S.
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LOVE this movie. Went originally for a Ben-perve. But I was hanging on every minute. Walked out crying! Can't wait to own it!
Posted Tuesday, 4 December 2012 See my other reviews
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