Argo (15)

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22/11/2012
Gripping throughout, with the tension heightened by a real sense of the the terrifying fervour unleashed by the 1979 revolution - beautifully balanced by the comedy of the Hollywood duo Goodman and Arkin. Some of the liberties taken with factual accuracy no doubt make artistic sense, but towards the end the numerous improbably close shaves detract from our viewing this as a true story. I wanted to believe this was real life, not some all-action movie where the hero defuses the bomb with 1 second to spare or makes it to the church just in time to save the bride from a loveless marriage. So I'm arrogant enough to believe that this could be edited into an even better film by toning down the action in the final five minutes.
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Reviewer grambuch
11/11/2012
I agree with everything positive said about the film. It is exciting, informative and entertaining, and is superbly edited. I was in Tehran at the time of these events working for a news organisation, and can confirm that Affleck has caught the sense of tension very well. But for sticklers of historical truth, it is worth pointing out that liberties have been taken. The ending is quite contrived and other time-lines have been slid for dramatic purpose. One could argue that that is good film-making. The streets of Istanbul, where it was shot, do not resemble downtown Tehran.

What really makes the film, in my opinion, is the way tension is balanced by humour. Here we have Hollywood making fun of itself, but still coming to the rescue of the good guys.

The film which should now be made is the bigger story: that of the 52 hostages who were not rescued and who were held captive for more than 400 days. But there won't be many laughs in that one.

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