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Based loosely on Tony Mendez's account of the historical rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, Ben Affleck's 'Argo' is a movie marvel. A gripping, nail-biting cinematic interpretation of a true story that took place decades back.


Date: Friday 21 Feb 2020    Start: 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
Cert: 15 Dir: Ben Afflick
Length: 120 mins Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Stars:  Ben Afflick, Bryan Cranston Alan Arkin

Tickets £5. Tickets can be booked online (click below) or from the Community Centre office.

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With US-Iranian ties probably at one of its lowest points, the historical backdrop of this film provides a reminder of sorts to the escalation of conflict and how the US foreign policy of the time had set the agenda that sowed animosity for decades. It's also very much one sided, given that it's after all a Hollywood film, that provides perspective solely through the eyes of the CIA protagonist Tony Mendez (Affleck playing the role himself), an exfiltration expert, tasked to find the best amongst the worse solutions available in order to save the lives of six US diplomats who were temporarily holding up at the Canadian ambassador's house, with each passing day a day closer to them being found out, and possibly publicly executed.

There's the involvement of the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber) since their cover identities happen to be Canadian, revolving around a film crew who are in Iran to scout for locations for the titular science fiction space adventure, not to mention real fake passports obtained, and the provision of lodging for weeks of confinement and safe haven. And things aren't put in any positive light as well on the Iranian side, with the checkpoints along the way falling down like bowling pins without too much of a fuss or fight, and being none too smart in the way the treatment allowed for the inevitable outcome.

Like his previous film, Affleck crafts Argo with heist film tendencies, setting up the situation, the game play, followed by its execution, only for surprises to be kept to a minimum, but still having paced this with tension so high, you'll find yourself at the edge of your seat as the plan moved along at breakneck speed. Based on declassified material, some elements had literary liberty taken to spice up the plot, so it worked purely on the entertainment front, and not a substitute for a proper history lesson, politicking and bureaucracy in various agencies from the CIA to the White House also gets its fair share of the spotlight

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Tickets can be bought online (follow the link in the film summary on this page) or from the Community Centre office or on the door (subject to availability)

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