· BAFTA Award for Best Film
· BAFTA Award for Best Direction
· BAFTA Award for Best Editing
· Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Drama
· Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
· Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year
· Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing
. Academy Award for best writing, screenplay based on material previously produced or published
Quite an impressive list of gongs right? Which is why I was so looking forward to watching this film, oh and because its leading man is none other than Ben Affleck, who I happen to really like. I was a little nervous that the film might not live up to its hype as I popped the DVD into our player. But I needn't have worried as I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat for most of the film.
Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event.
On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor.
Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
Bottom Line - Do we recommend you watch this film? This is really easy to answer - yes, yes, yes! A definite must see film. We loved it. Just be prepared to watch some of it through your fingers as you perch on the edge of your seat.
*We were sent a copy of Argo from Warner Brothers for the purpose of this review. We received no financial reward and our opinions are completely our own and totally unbiased.