Running Time: 120 minutes
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Rory Cochrane, Kerry Bishe, Christopher Denham
The movie is based on a true story, set in the 1980s, when the American embassy in iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries. Several Americans were taken hostage, with the exception of six who escaped and were sheltered by the Canadian Ambassador. Exfiltration expert, Tony Mendez (Affleck) came up with an insane plan to help get the six citizens out of Iran. The plan: create a fake Canadian film project that plans to shoot the movie in Iran, and the citizens would be disguised as the production crew. After getting the green light, Mendez then gets the help from a few trusted Hollywood contacts, and create a ruse to proceed to Iran.
The basis of the film was simple, and I thought Affleck did a fantastic job as the director of the film. The graininess and texture of the film provided the feel of a film from the 80s. The cast, overall, delivered a convincing performance. The way the film was told and shot provided the intensity and excitement that not many recent films were able to capture. I thought the film was fun to watch, and fast-paced enough to keep audiences’ attention throughout.
All in all, I can see why this film was nominated and won the Oscars. It was entertaining, great performances from a great cast, and directed well. Affleck definitely paved his way as a director in Hollywood after the success of this film, as well as his previous ones, Gone Baby Gone and The Town. I would definitely recommend this film to those who likes thrillers or biographic films.
Rating: 8 out of 10