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Dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.from£6.39 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play Please note the UV copy is only compatible in participating regions please visit the UV website for full details 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 US 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 Actors Bryan Cranston Ben Affleck John Goodman Kyle Chandler Taylor Schilling Alan Arkin Clea DuVall Adrienne Barbeau Tate Donovan Rory Cochrane Titus Welliver Kerry Bishe Chris Messina & Michael Parks Director Ben Affleck Certificate 15 years and over Year 2012 Screen Widescreen 2401 Languages English - DTS-HD Master Audio (51) Additional Languages Castilian Spanish ; French ; German Subtitles English for the hearing impaired ; Castilian Spanish ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Norwegian ; Swedish Closed Captions Yes Duration 2 hours (approx)
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning political thriller based on real events that took place during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. In November 1979, the American embassy in Tehran is stormed by militants and 52 Americans are taken hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to escape and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before they are found out and probably killed, CIA 'exfiltration' specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) implements a life-or-death undercover operation to smuggle them safely out of the country. The film won three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay and also received the Golden Globe Awards and BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Director.
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Ben Affleck's Argo marks only his third feature behind the camera, cementing his status as one of the finest directors of his generation. Affleck has been rising to fame as a director in recent years after making his debut with Gone Baby Gone, and following it up with The Town.
His third feature finally won him his incredibly well-deserved second Academy Award, taking home the Best Picture Oscar alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov, with screenwriter Chris Terrio winning Best Adapted Screenplay and editor William Goldenberg winning Best Film Editing on the night as well.
The three Oscar statues that Argo won back in February are a good indication of how brilliant a film this is, on all sides of production.
Based on a true story, Argo opens in late 1979, portraying events when militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking control of the site and holding the workers there as hostages. What the militants didn't then know, and what Argo is centred on, is that a handful of Americans managed to escape from the building and into the city, and desperately seek a way to get out of the country.
Enter, CIA exfiltration specialist, Tony Mendez (played by Affleck).
With the US State Department at a complete loss as to how to handle the situation accordingly, Mendez devises the answer. He'll fly into Tehran, under the guise of being a Canadian film producer, and fly straight back out with the escapees, giving them all new identities as his Canadian crew.
The plan, of course, is far easier said than done. And what is most remarkable about Argo - which I think is one of the many reasons it won the Best Screenplay Oscar - is that it manages to keep the tension constantly on high for the full two-hour duration.
There aren't many films capable of sustaining such a high level of tension, keeping you nerve-wrackingly on the edge of your seat, for quite so long. But Argo pulls it off spectacularly. You cannot help but be drawn into its narrative, desperately hoping the plan will succeed at every step of the way, despite the multitude of problems these characters face, with the odds ever stacked against them.
Affleck's career has taken an incredibly impressive new direction since making his directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone, and after confirming his status as a prominent new director with The Town, he's really proven himself once more with Argo. For years to come, it will remain the talk of many that Affleck's work didn't earn him an Oscar nomination in the Best Director category, for this truly deserved such recognition.
His camera work is impeccable, choosing his moments brilliantly, finding and bringing out the inner and most affecting emotions from his characters.
What matters most to Argo is that it really makes you feel that the stakes are real. This isn't just a movie you're watching. This is actually unfolding before you. It breaks down the barrier between audience and screen so well. And whether or not you know how events transpired in history, you still find yourself hooked right through to its immaculate conclusion. These characters are more than just characters; they're real people, with real lives, and real fears.
Affleck makes them come to life in a way that few directors seem capable of in recent years.
Certainly, it helps that he assembled one of the finest casts of all time, with Affleck leading the way alongside the likes of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), and Scoot McNairy (Monsters). Each of his cast gives him a hundred per cent on camera, and there isn't a single moment in the film that lets the film down to make it feel like it's being acted.
For that to happen, you need a remarkable director, capable of having the cast's trust placed entirely in their hands. And, for that reason, so much credit here belongs to Affleck for what he did bringing Argo to life, to the big screen. It is by far one of the most powerful and affecting movies committed to film in recent memory, and with its basis in fact, it is therefore one of the most important. Such a story needed to be told, and Affleck was the one to tell it. If you see just one movie this year, let it be Argo.
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