Friday, April 12, 2013

Flickster Friday: Argo f#$k yourself


Did you know it won best picture at the Academy Awards? 

Yeah, I didn't care about that either.

Mainly because they never pick the movies I like.

In this case.  They nailed it.

Argo tells the story of six diplomats who escape the American embassy in Tehran after students and militant protestors supporting the Iranian Revolution take over the embassy.  I want to note that fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days.  If these six statesmen had not escaped that day the number would have been 58 Americans held hostage.  Sneaking off, they find sanctuary at the home of the Canadian ambassador played by Victor Gerber.  

With the Iranians not aware of the secret six, our State Department starts to look for ways to get them out.  Enter Tony Mendez.  A CIA operative who takes a bad plan and makes it workable. Check out this clip as Tony Mendez and his boss, played by Brian Cranston, explain it to the Secretary of State.

It should also be mentioned that the acting in this film is extraordinaryJohn Goodman nailed his role.  At the end you get to see pictures of the actual folks they represented and the casting for this was truly superb.

This movie is a historical drama thriller based on the novel by Tony Mendez, which I am going to have to read now, The Master of Disguise

I don't want to give anything away on this, but if you haven't seen this movie you need to. And I guess it's not really giving anything away seeing as how this is based on historical facts, so you already know they get out.

What makes this film work so well was the sequencing.  I literally was on the edge of my seat for the last twenty minutes.  To me, that is the mark of a great film maker. 

Check it out. 

1 comment:

Linda G. said...

Argo is a fantastic movie--Ben Affleck totally redeemed himself for Gigli. ;)