Argo review

Film description

Ben Affleck is directing, for the third time, and starring in his new real-life political thriller, Argo.

The film is based on the 2007 Wired magazine article, titled ‘How The CIA Used A Fake Sci-fi Flick To Rescue Americans From Tehran,’ which has echoes of The Great Escape and classic ‘70s spy thrillers.

Set in 1979, Affleck’s first period piece will depict the story of how the CIA conducts an elaborate rescue mission to save six stranded US embassy workers who were hiding out in Tehran, after the Embassy was raided.

Affleck will play Tony Mendez, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist, who creates a fake film in order to smuggle the Americans out of Iran. The plan is to disguise these six Americans as filmmakers scouting locations for a new sci-fi film, Argo.

The cast include figures such as John Goodman (ParaNorman), Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston (Total Recall and Rock Of Ages) who will be playing an Irish CIA agent from Boston who once worked as a bodyguard for President Eisenhower. George Clooney is also involved as a producer.

Argo is already shaping up to be a good film as Affleck’s track record of directing, including The Town from 2010, proved he could handle the tension of such a gripping project.

The film will appear at the 56th London Film Festival on 17 October 2012.

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
November 7th 2012
UK Blu-ray release
March 4th 2013

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