Argo opens with one of the most intense and riveting 15-minutes I’ve ever seen onscreen. This same, gripping feeling would keep me at the edge of my seat at least until the last few minutes of the movie when the story, “based on true events,” went overboard with the cliffhangers and drilled them onto the viewer one after the next. I thought it was an unnecessary sacrifice of intelligence over entertainment. Director Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film as the CIA agent tasked to fly six endangered Americans out of Iran at the cusp of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, painstakingly (and beautifully) created something close to a documentary: the frenetic camera work, the filter of warm hues, and the translation of actual photographs from that event into the film’s narrative.
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The great thing about this though, is that it makes the younger generation read up on the documented versions of these events and hopefully sniff out the truth.
Here’s a good start:
- The Canadian Caper on Wikipedia
- How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran
One must also weigh in on an event that happened 20 years before the Iranian Revolution: the time the U.S. and U.K governments overthrew Iran’s democratically elected president in 1953.
The anti-American sentiment took two decades to brew until the Iranians felt they’ve had enough. Many believe the world is still feeling its repercussions—9/11 included—until today.