Argo is the new film starring and directed by Ben Affleck. Based on the true story of a secret CIA mission to fly out escapees of the siege on the Tehran U.S embassy in 1979. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a technical operations officer brought in to hatch a plan to bring them back home. With all other options exhausted Mendez has the idea of setting up a fake Canadian film to start production and fly out commercially using fake passports. The story is so far fetched, it has to be true.
Affleck is forming himself to be a formidable director as Argo’s best element is its direction. Affleck balances the true story, Hollywood satire and nail biting thriller all in one. Usually the result is muddled and uneven, but Affleck pulls it off armed with a great assemble cast featuring Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman to name but a few. Argo changes the gear from comedy to the tense life or death drama without jarring the pace.