Espionage thrillers must seem like relics from the Cold War; outdated and no longer relevant. However with Argo, we have a movie that not only shows what we’ve been missing but relishes it’s setting during a a dangerous time.
Based on events in 1979 where US embassy staff were held hostage in Iran, this story tells the tale of six who were smuggled out of the country by posing as crew for a fictional film. Ben Affleck directs and stars as Tony Mendez, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist tasked with making it happen.
It’s a measured performance by Affleck, which one could suppose is appropriate with him playing a character who needs to be supremely confident to succeed. But it also has the added benefit of allowing the supporting actors to stand out and they do so brilliantly. John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston make their scenes count and are great value.
The movie is a thriller through and through and it’s nice seeing how effective it does this without resorting to obvious violence. It harkens back to films of that era, something I think is played up during the opening when it uses the studio logos of the time.
This a great movie that will keep you in suspense from start to finish.