Argo (2012)

Directed by Ben Affleck

Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman




Six Americans are trapped in Iran and so a joint secret operation by the CIA and the Canadians is launched to get these people back.

Ben Affleck is Director, Co-producer and main character in this film and has once again done a great job. The film is based around a real event but has been dramatically changed in certain areas to make the film more tense and exciting.

Ben Affleck comes across as a totally different actor when he is directing himself and gives a great performance. The whole idea of making a fake film to help with the release of some captives from another country is inspiring and ingenious. Even if this wasn’t based on a true story this would have made a great premise for a film, the real aspect just makes the whole thing more enjoyable.

The film was shot on regular film and was intentionally made to look grainy as if it was made in the 70’s, the time the film was set. This is also apparent by the use of the old Warner Bros logo at the start of the film.



I was quite surprised at how much i enjoyed this film. The film clocks in at 120 minutes which at first, along with the film being based on real political events, made me doubt the film and that it wouldn’t be something that I would enjoy. However the film flew by and keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through and John Goodman adds the comic factor to an otherwise serious film along with a witty catchphrase that is used throughout. I would recommend this film to all as an enjoyable drama.


TheFriedGold rating – 8/10 – ‘Affleck, you da bomb in Argo yo’



Film Fact

Ben Affleck’s first choice to play as Tony Mendez was Brad Pitt, but Pitt had some scheduling issues so he cast himself in the role.