» Reviews: Argo

L.E. Green

|    Monday, October 29, 2012

  • Director: Ben Affleck
  • Producer: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Tim Headington, Graham King, David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky
  • Writer: Chris Terrio, Joshuah Bearman
  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy
  • Distributor: GK Films, Smoke House, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Rating: R
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

Like Argo’s tag line says, “The movie was fake. The mission was…” well, not quite as depicted, but how often does a Hollywood depiction of a true story show all the facts as they were? Yes, Canada played a far more integral role than the film credited (and there were a number of other factual changes) than even the adapted postscript credited, but the film’s quality more than makes up its truth-stretching. It’s well-acted, well-shot, gripping, though occasionally humorous. The chase scene was a bit much though… Regardless, if factual distortions aren’t a niggling point for you, you’ll appreciate Argo.

Verdict: Wait for the DVD/Blu-ray


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