Friday, January 4, 2013
The movie "Argo" tells this historical true story in a way Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud of (imdb). Director Ben Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio deliver a nail biting thriller which lets the audience participate in the growing dangers and the extremely narrow escape.
But the film offers much more. It is partly a documentary and shows how one man, the CIA agent Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck himself, organizes a sophisticated and imaginative rescue operation on an extremely hostile terrain. "Argo" also shows how people respond in a claustrophobic and dangerous situation and how they have to develop trust and faith into their rescue. Furthermore, the film is a lecture how bigotry and fanaticism leads to blind hate against innocent people which transforms humans into fierce beasts.
Affleck`s fine ensemble converses the story in a convincing way. "Argo" shows what cinema could be.