It’s November 4, 1979. A large protesting group of Iranian students riot outside the American embassy in Tehran, Iran. American diplomats are struggling to erase all information in the building, breaking computers and incinerating any papers they can find. The large chain on the embassy’s gate - the only thing keeping the American diplomats and Iranian protesters apart - is broken. The mob of Iranian students flood the embassy and begin to take American diplomats as hostages. Six diplomats decided to run from the embassy and take refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. This is where the story of Argo begins.
Although the story is apart of history and has been told before in the movie Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981), Argo does a tremendous job of delivering the story to a modern audience. On several occasions I was unable to tell if parts of the movie were taken straight from the 1980 media because the whole movie had a grainy overtone. This led to making the more historical parts of the movie seem almost like scenes from a documentary, which I thoroughly enjoyed. One thing that might be surprising to most viewers is the lack of violence. I don’t mean to say that there is no violence in the movie, but compared to other movies based on covert missions in the Middle East, Argo has very little. Even though the story isn’t a violent one, I believe that the lack thereof really allowed the characters to shine and make this story all the more enjoyable.
Overall, this movie was the most entertaining movie I have seen this Fall. It had historical connections that made the movie feel completely real, and a stunning cast which just added to the immersion. So many things worked perfectly in this film ranging from the thrills that make up the majority of the movie, to the concern you feel for everyone involved in the rescue. If you have the money and are looking for a thrilling take on this historical story, I rank Argo a must-watch.
4.5 / 5