‘Argo’ (2012) is the almost unbeliavable story about an unconventional rescue mission in Iran in 1980. Initiated by the CIA and with the help of the Canadian government, a fake Hollywood movie production was staged in order to smuggle six American diplomats out of the country during a violent riot. This masterly suspenseful thriller caught me somewhat by surprise and soars right up among my favourite movies of 2012.
“This is the best bad plan we have… by far, sir.” Jack O’Donnell, Argo
Grim, scary, provoking: this was two intense hours at the cinema. I nearly held my breath throughout the entire movie. Thankfully, the outstanding screenplay has also been spiked with some clever and nicely timed jokes to loosen up the otherwise unbearably intense story, which allows you to ease up and exhale in between the nail-biting suspense.
Ben Affleck once again demonstrates his skills behind the camera, and now truly has my attention as a director. I’ve never been a fan of his acting performances, and even though he showed promise as a writer through ‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997), his poor choice of movies to appear in hasn’t done anything to spark my interest in him. However, after having directed ‘Gone Baby Gone’ (2007), ‘The Town’ (2009) and now his third big success, in which he also does a great job portraying CIA agent and man of the hour Tony Mendez, I’m beginning to realise that this is a man worth paying attention to.