Ben Affleck has asserted himself as a director to watch after his first two features, and his third looks to be no exception. His newest film, Argo, is based on an obscure bit of history that occurred during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. The film stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and a cast of thousands. I’ve also included the synopsis below.
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.
Sounds pretty awesome, and the trailer looks incredibly promising. What do you guys think? Argo opens in the US on October 12.