By Eric Wilkins, Staff Writer
If anyone was still harbouring any doubts about Ben Affleck’s abilities as a director, then be advised that those doubts can now be laid to rest. Argo (released October 12), the third feature directed by Affleck, is based on the events of 1979, when six Americans were rescued from Tehran after Iranians had stormed the American Embassy and taken 52 hostages. The escape plan was to create a fake movie (Argo: a second-rate sci-fi) and have the six pose as members of the film crew to fool Iranian security.
Thanks primarily to memorable performances from John Goodman and Alan Arkin as John Chambers (the John Chambers) and Lester Siegel (a fictional producer), Affleck manages to space out the rising tension of the movie with some genuinely humorous moments. And as this powerful plot nears its end, it’s difficult to sit still; you’ll be gripping the edge of your seat.
The only issue I have with the movie is the downplaying of the Canadian involvement in the operation. In classic Hollywood style, the American is made out to be the true hero while everyone else (in this case, Canadians) are merely supporting cast, both literally and figuratively. All the same, it’s a great movie and well worth a watch!