Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Argo

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Argo

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ARGO

Directed by Ben Affleck (Warner Brothers, 2012)

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Films based on true events face the dual challenge of making real life captivating on the big screen and of keeping a story engaging for an audience that likely already knows the ending. Director and star Ben Affleck's Argo successfully does both, as the film takes a few necessary liberties with historical details in order to create a movie that is suspenseful to the very end.

Argo tells of the rescue of six U.S. employees who escaped from the American embassy in Tehran before it was taken over and where hostages were held for 444 days beginning in 1979. Having taken refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador, the rescue of the six becomes urgent when the Iranians begin to piece together (literally, from shredded documents) that some Americans may be missing. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA consultant tasked with removing the group safely from Iran, a most dangerous place for an American at that time. …

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