Argo has been a wide-spread success, winning a host of awards including:
- BAFTA Award for Best Film
- BAFTA Award for Best Direction
- BAFTA Award for Best Editing
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Drama
- Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
- Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing
- Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
With such accreditation from the film industry, hubby and I were excited to settle down and watch the film, and we were not disappointed!
Argo is based on real events which occurred during the Iran hostage Crisis. It focuses on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played in the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which did not become apparent until many years after the Hostage Crisis ended.
The film is set in 1979, when six Americans slip away from a militants-stormed Tehran Embassy, to seek refuge in the home of a Canadian Ambassador. As it is apparent that it is only a matter of time before the six are found out, and likely killed, the CIA are asked to intervene by the Canadian and American governments. The CIA pick their go-to guy, top "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez - who comes up with a plan so incredible to get the six Americans safely out of Iran, that it could only happen in the movies.
The Mr and I both loved this film. The action is well-paced and keeps you gripped throughout, although there are some violent scenes. It is also a really great story - made even more interesting by the fact that it's based on real-life events. I would definitely recommend Argo for a watch as it's a fantastic film - backed up by it's many award accolades.
Argo has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray. It is definitely one for the grown-ups only, as it's rated R, so it's great for a night in with your partner or friends.
Disclosure: Film offered in consideration for review