ARGO is based on true events which unfolded behind the scenes during the life-or-death attempt to rescue six Americans in Iran. As the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point on November 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. 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 specialist Tony Mendez came up with a risky plan to get them safely out of Iran.
It has a lot of humor and it is amazingly thrilling and suspenseful even if you know what happens at the end. Each scene smoothly moves to the other, building tremendous tension. It is quite an accomplishment, especially if you know how the story ends. Even if you know the ending for the six American hostages, the suspenseful journey of Argo is worth the watch.
Although the film is essentially a nail-biter, it has a comic core. John Goodman and Alan Arkin provided a funny and humorous diversion. The film is gripping from the opening siege on the U.S. embassy and doesn’t let go. The tension is carefully built by Ben Affleck’s direction; the tension is moderated with wonderful dialogue between John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Ben Affleck played his part very well as the agent who has so many lives in his hands.
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