• 2012
  • US
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Affleck
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

When Islamist militants take the US Embassy staff hostage in 1979, six escape to the Canadian Embassy, where the CIA plans an extremely odd rescue. The craziness of the real-life story inspires the oddball mix of political thriller and showbiz satire, and Affleck directs with taut authenticity.

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Review of reviews: Argo

15 Oct 2012

What we said and what they said about Ben Affleck's third directorial effort

We said: 'There are some terrific performances, though if anything irritates, it's the rather 'Hollywood ending' that takes quite a few liberties with actual events. A shame, because until this final reel, this is one truly taut experience.' The List…


3 Oct 20124 stars

Ben Affleck directs this oddball mix of political thriller and showbiz satire, based on a true story

There are times when Ben Affleck’s Argo feels like it’s ready to career violently off the rails. That it doesn’t is arguably down to the film’s unswerving belief in its ‘truth-is-stranger-than-fiction’ story. His third film as director, following Gone…

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