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Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton
Oscar winner of Best Picture, Argo is a tense thriller with a great script. And it’s a shame that Ben Affleck didn’t get nominated for Best Director, because Argo was his baby.
During the Iran hostage crisis, CIA operative Tony Mendez (Affleck) creates a plan and leads a team to rescue six Americans hiding with the Canadian ambassador. His idea revolves around scouting Iran landmarks for a fake film. Mendez would then give the Americans new identities and they would walk out in plain daylight.
There are many things that Argo does well. Yes the acting was good, and yes the casting was phenomenal, but the real story was how good the writing was. The mark of a good script is when no line is wasted and everything that was said added something. And what I really appreciated was how witty everybody was, especially when referring to the US government higher ups.
Also, Argo makes the audience think. At the beginning of the film, it gives a history of the events that led up to the hostage crisis and puts Uncle Sam on the hot seat. However, of course the audience still roots for the Americans to be saved. But even so, the wheels kept turning in the back of the viewer’s minds.
But hands down the best thing about Argo, what makes it stand out, is how nerve-racking and uncomfortable the escape scenes were. Every time the Americans went out in public, wether it was to the market or to the airport, my heart was in my throat and I was on the edge of my seat. It reminded my a lot of one of my favorite shows, Southland, where every episode has some extremely tense moment. But any film that can make me have that feeling is doing it right.
Argo is definitely a must see and I can understand why it won Best Picture.
out of 10
“Argo f*** yourself”