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Argo  Rating: 4/5

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Ratings:4/5   Review by Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, is simply a terrific movie. For his third outing behind the camera, after those excellent Boston-set thrillers Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck chooses this amazing story of one of the most improbable rescue missions in modern history…the kind of story you’d never believe, except that it’s based on true events.Argo takes some liberties with the truth, exaggerating certain incidents, and inventing characters who didn’t exist in the real story (Alan Arkin’s film producer is reportedly a creation by screenwriter Chris Terrio). But Affleck gives the film a lived-in, authentic feel with minute period details and dialogue that never feels scripted.I’m going with four out of five for Ben Affleck’s Argo. You’ll come out feeling like you’ve just enjoyed a wholesome, satisfying meal. Don’t miss it.

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Ratings:4/5   Review by Bryan Durham Site:Times of India (TOI)

CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez comes up with a plan to extract six American diplomats from Iran at a time when the Iranian public’s ire against their overthrown Shah and the US is at its most volatile. Set in the 1970s, Argo is based on the true story of the extraction of six diplomats from the Canadian ambassador’s house, where they’re hiding. Affleck’s film is being seen as a serious Oscar contender and with good reason. The film doesn’t favour one side over the other. Also, the dramatization is not without its light moments. You will sense a fine balance and an acute attention to detailing, something that’s pivotal to a film of this genre. Watch out for certain powerful crowd scenes and set pieces that grab you with their sheer intensity and absolute terror. You will gasp in awe at the pains taken in casting actors who resembled the actual players of this story the closest, as they are featured during the end credits.Tip-Off: You may not like this movie if you cannot stomach graphic scenes of violence, or if you are easily offended by explicit language.

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Ratings:4/5  Review by Anupama Chopra Site:Star World
Ratings:4/5   Review by Daniel Pinto Site:DNA

With witty zingers flying around more than bullets, Argo, at some points, feels like the funniest non-satirical political film out there. If you want to see the vilification of the United States for its historic double-handedness, this film is not for you. Rather than standing on a soapbox about his country’s foreign policy, the lead characters is absorbed with the task at hand.However rather than portraying a West Asian race as barbaric, its highlights the excesses of political upheaval.Watch Argo for the interesting handling of a period political drama and the powerful performances.

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  1. First ‘GONE BABY GONE’, then ‘THE TOWN’ and now ‘ARGO’, Ben Affleck is slowly but firmly emerging as a potential master of thrillers. The best thing about the film is its spirit to bring realism in the cinema. With a strong hold on direction, Ben throws you in the real locations to make you feel the tension as anyone would feel in the same scenario.

    ‘ARGO’ is a ‘based on true events’ espionage thriller about a one-man mission to rescue six members of U.S. embassy staff from a Canadian embassy hideout in Iran of late 70s-early 80s. It is a political chaos driven by hot-headed mob where people are being hanged on construction cranes publically if found linked to Americans in any way, that’s when CIA agent Tony Mendes decides to step in to take this next to impossible mission. The plan is to project them as a Hollywood film-crew before snipping out from there…but to colour it a ‘make believe’ situation, Tony has to set up all the backhand accounts like a proper film production company set in Hollywood, press release etc.

    On the acting front, Ben himself as the CIA agent looks every part of it but its John Goodman & Alan Arkin who have the most hilarious lines to make you laugh. Watch it for a real good thriller with fantastic writing and a competent direction as its soul… [4/5].

  2. outstanding movie..dont know when bollywood will start making movies like this..may be never..

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