Ben Affleck directed and starred in Argo, the true story of when the CIA sent agent Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, to rescue five U.S. diplomats during the height of the Iranian Revolution.
Mendez created a fake movie as a cover-up to get the diplomats back to the U.S.
According to MovieFone.com, Argo was written by Chris Terrio and George Clooney helped behind the scenes handling production duties.
The film immediately drew the audience in at the beginning by setting up the entire movie by giving a brief history of Iran.
The action starts during the end of 1979, with an angry Iranian mob yelling, “Death to America,” outside of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, the capital.
This leads to the futile Iranian Hostage Situation, which was stopped thanks to the final negotiations by President Ronald Reagan.
However, this is not the focus of this movie. The focus was on rescuing the diplomats that were hiding in the Canadian Embassy, who at the beginning of the film escaped from the U.S. Embassy.
Argo is a great way to learn a little bit more about the Iranian Revolution and what ensued.
From the beginning to the end of this film, the audience was on the edge of their seats and caught up in all of the emotions involved.
Argo was shot beautifully with a lot of variety and changes to keep the audience interested.
The locations of the film and the way they were shot added to the beauty of the shots, which included religious buildings in Iran.
The shots alone were visually stunning enough to keep the audience amazed and focused.
This movie had all the elements of a drama because of the situation and the distrust the diplomats had with Mendez when they first met.
There is a lot of history involved with this film because it relates to what is currently happening in the country.
In looking back it can be seen that the U.S. has had various forms of crisis with Iran. This movie showcases that since 1979 there have been several shifts in power, but not much else seems to have changed to outsiders.
Argo definitely emits different emotions to the audience giving a sense of hostility towards Iran.
It increases the hatred towards the militants who captured the U.S. Embassy diplomats, as well.
When the audience begins to think at a deeper level there is a feeling that the U.S. should just leave Iran and the Middle East to themselves and just let them settle their own issues.
Mendez is relatable to the audience because of his human flaws, such as being caught up in his work and not having time to be with his family.
Argo was insightful and kept the viewer drawn in the whole time. The cast did an amazing job, but the viewer needs to be willing to focus and have an open mind while watching.