Monday, 8 April 2013

DVD Review: Argo

Argo is a dramatic, multi-award winning film, based on real events, chronicles the edge-of-your-seat life or death covert operation behind enemy lines to rescue a handful of Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979.  As the Iranian Revolution proceeded and the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was taken over, six Americans managed to escape.  They fled to the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor to seek refuge, but both the American and Canadian governments knew they must escape the country as soon as possible.

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


  1. I still haven't seen this, it's won so many awards it must be good!

  2. I've heard some good things about this.

  3. Definitely one of the best films I've seen in the last few years! David Mitchell


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