Notable Cast: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and a cameo by Kyle Chandler
Although not necessarily the cult kind of film one would expect to read a review for here on Blood Brothers, Ben Affleck has become something of a fascinating watch. We all know that he had a penchant for poor acting and choosing horrid films, but with "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" he showed us something greater. You can read my review for the latter film here if you want. It's this reason that "Argo" was a must see for me despite being a historical dramatic thriller that doesn't necessitate cult standing. "Argo", however, does necessitate much praise and Affleck once again nails his direction (and even some strong acting!) for the film to make it a worthy Oscar contender.
When tensions mounted in the late 70s and the early 80s between the United States and Iran over the US's influence in their country, a hostage crisis broke out at the embassy. While the world's eyes focused in on this hostage situation the CIA and one of their best specialists in extraction Tony Mendez (Affleck) are called in to solve a problem. Six embassy employees have been hiding out in the Canadian ambassador's house since the event and they need to get out. Now its up to Mendez to crack one of the strangest cover stories featuring him concocting a fake science fiction movie scouting trip to Iran to get the citizens out before they are tried for espionage.
|"To desensitize you to torture of the most severe kind, we will be doing a verbal reading of "Gigli"."|
|If only these thee really did make a low budget and ridiculous science fiction film...if only.|
"Argo" is one of those films that rises above its own genre boundaries (a historical drama) and really makes a great entertaining cinema experience. Aflleck is on a roll with his strong artistic choices as a director and as an actor. "Argo" is a significant departure from his tried and true previous films and the risk paid off. This film is a must see for 2012.
Written By Matt Reifschneider