Due for release on November 9th here in the UK comes Ben Affleck’s latest directorial venture, Argo. The film has recently played at Telluride, and some of the reviews coming are are truly impressive. Many are calling for Oscar glory for the director who is simply going from strength to strength.
While we somehow managed to miss the first trailer for this stunning looking true story, I have included it here to rectify our silliness. Also included here is the first TV spot which was released yesterday. As I feel this film deserves even more, the full official synopsis is included, along with some snippets of some of the incredible praise this film has been getting.
Here are a couple of Tweets from audience members at Telluride:
Dave Karger ?
@davekarger Yes, ARGO is fantastic. I could see nominations for picture, director, screenplay, and supporting actor for Alan Arkin.
Earlier reviews are also saying this is not only one of the years best, but Affleck’s best film yet as a director. Considering he has already made the stunning Gone Baby, Gone and the equally impressive The Town, this is quite an achievement:
The Playlist: “Affleck directs with screw-tightening efficiency that would make Michael Mann proud. Multiple Oscar nominations are in order as this movie surges to the top of the current Oscar contenders list.”
THR: “Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81. Proving even more than before that he’s a behind-the-camera force to be reckoned with, Ben Affleck tells a dense, multilayered yarn “based on a declassified true story” with confidence and finesse, while its unlikely Hollywood angle will make the hometown industry crowd feel proud of itself. From all points of view, this is one the major releases of the fall season.”
Affleck directs the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from Master in Disguise by Antonio Mendez. Affleck also stars in Argo alongside Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and John Goodman (“You Don’t Know Jack”). The main cast also includes Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, and Taylor Schilling.
Argo will arrive in UK cinemas 9th November.
Based on true events, “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.
On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. 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 the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
By Matt Wavish