ARGO: A Film Project Like No Other
It was over 30 years after the Iran hostage crisis that the 2013 Oscar Best Picture award-winning film, Argo was released. This political thriller, based on a true story, was directed by Ben Affleck, who also starred in the role of CIA operative, Tony Mendez.
Argo will take you through the invasion of the American embassy in Iran, where there were 52 Americans who were taken hostages. Six were able to escape, and were hidden by the Canadian Ambassador and his wife.
Mendez devised quite the plan: Create a phony Canadian film project to shoot in Iran, and smuggle the Americans out as the production crew. He was able to create the ruse, he as associate producer. With the Iranian security forces getting close to discovering the truth, it was doubtful that the plan would end successfully.
Though the film did receive some criticism for taking a bit of license with the characters and the progression of events (after all, it IS Hollywood), it told a piece of history that few of us knew, especially since the operation was still classified decades later.
Argo is not a film to sleep through. It has "edge of the seat" moments, and classic historical footage. The one-liner humor shared by the characters (especially, the brilliant delivery by actor Alan Arkin) can be best understood by anyone who has faced the tensest of moments in life that require survival cynicism.
Nominated for seven 2013 Academy Awards, Argo won three--Best Motion Picture; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay; Best Achievement in Film Editing.
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