Argo – Movie Review

I’ve just seen Argo which I thought was a very good film. It’s based on the true story of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who helped six US diplomats impersonate a Canadian film crew to escape Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.  The Iranian scenes are very dramatic; the embassy invasion at the beginning of the film and the escape at the end are really thrilling. In between there is a constant tension that never eases off. The Hollywood scenes, where the CIA asks a producer to help them make a fake film, offer contrasting light relief. There is a lot of black humor and much of dialogue sends up the movie business. I thought the Iranian tension and Hollywood humor was nicely balanced.

I did find the diplomats were treated as a group and we never got to know them as individuals. The near final scene of an airliner being chased on the runway was rather excessive artistic license. Nevertheless a very good movie; I give it 4 stars.

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