Tony Mendez (Affleck) is a brilliant CIA agent, an 'exfiltration' specialist, who is charged with rescuing the fugitives and hatches a brilliant but highly risky and rather ludicrous plan to get them out. Disguised as a Hollywood film crew, the group must hide in plain sight, where the slightest slip up or mis-speak could end in instant death. This incredible true story was not declassified until long after the event, and this Hollywood film pays homage to an incredible man and a daring plan. You'll just have to watch it to find out if they succeed or not!
While it seems like this is an imaginary movie plotline, this true story really does keep you on the edge of your seat, and guessing at the outcome until the very end. With great period detail, engaging dialogue, and dark humour, this paean to the human spirit is a great wtch, although opinion appears to be divided on how close it is to the true story. Whatever the truth of that, it is a well-written, engaging film, with some great performances, and well worth a watch.
Here are some of the awards this film has received, recommendation indeed:
- BAFTA - Best Film
- BAFTA - Best Director
- BAFTA - Best Editing
- Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture: Drama
- Golden Globe - Best Director: Motion Picture
- Academy Award - Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Academy Award - Best Achievement in Editing
- Academy Award - Best Writing: Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published