Argo (2012) Film Review

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Many people consider Argo to be the Coen Brother’s masterpiece, a film so compelling that- wait a minute, I’m thinking of Fargo… rookie mistake.

The actual movie I’m reviewing is a true story during the 80’s in which the CIA created a fake movie to rescue six members of the American embassy hiding out in Iran. The first half of the film focuses on the production of the fake movie, which is interesting to see unfold, as well as having some surprisingly good humour. It’s an entertaining time.

The second half sees the escape being put into place, but to properly fool the government of Iran, they spend an extra day there pretending they’re looking for a filming location. From this point forward, this movie isn’t entertaining any more. Argo becomes one of the most intense films I’ve ever seen. Ben Affleck absorbs the viewer into the situation and refuses to let you breath easy until [SPOILERS], but even if you know that [SPOILERS] in real life, it’s still one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

After an enjoyable first half, Argo really steps it up a notch and gives a film that keeps you on the edge of your seat for most of the vast majority of the film, and once you get to the end after all that you just went through, you can’t help but grin. What a great movie.

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