Six Americans escape capture by Iranian thugs who invade the U.S. embassy in Iran.  Hiding out in the home of the Canadian Ambassador, The Six endure many days of fear and uncertainty as they wait for plans for their rescue.  Time is running out, because the Iranians are putting together shredded documents from the U.S. embassy in order to find out the identities of The Six.  The U.S. government, with the help of the Canadian government, implement an audacious plan to send a CIA agent (played by Ben Affleck) to Iran under the cover of being a producer of an upcoming movie called “Argo.”  Affleck is to go in pretending to scout locations for “Argo,” and meet with The Six to give them new identities as his Canadian film crew; and when the scoutings are done, Affleck and The Six will all take a flight out of Iran.

Sounds too outlandish to be true?   Well, it is true.  This really happened.

“Argo” is another good movie that Affleck has directed, showing us that the man has talents not only in acting and screenwriting, but also in directing.  “Argo” opens fast, and moves along at a quick pace that will keep your heart pumping beyond its normal rate for most of the movie.  And it is the pacing that stands out in this movie; and pacing is mostly due to direction and editing, so Affleck deserves a good amount of credit for that.

One of my most memorable movie moments of “Argo” is the scene when Affleck is wondering if one of The Six can be taught to be a director in a day.  John Goodman tells Affleck that he can teach a monkey to be a director in a day.  Ha ha!  Well, to be fair, yes, you can teach anyone to be a director in a day; but to be a good director?   That’s another thing.   Anyway, I like that little dig Affleck put in about directors.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Argo” is the opening sequence, when the front gate of the U.S. embassy in Iran is surrounded by a mob of angry Iranians.  The gate is soon breached, and the Iranian mob stream in.   U.S. soldiers — outnumbered and without hope of help coming — are told by their Commanding Officer not to kill any Iranian, or else the Iranians will kill everyone in the embassy.  The soldiers are to hold off the mob without using deadly force for as long as possible so that the U.S. embassy has time to shred important documents.  This sequence is terrifying.  I started watching “Argo” late at night when I was sleepy, and after a couple of minutes I was fully awake.  Some movies grab your attention.  The opening of “Argo” grabs you by the throat.

Fans of espionage movies shouldn’t miss this movie.  So, put the “Argo” disc in your player, sit back and feel your blood pressure rise.

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