You’d have thought a poster featuring Ben Affleck’s giant face would scare as many people off as it attracted, but at least they’ve made it a bluey-grey so it’s more difficult to see who it is. However the movie itself seems well worth a look. 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 US 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.’
Affleck also directs, and as he’s a better helmer than actor, Argo should be worth checking out – and it’s already had a few successful festival screenings. The movie hits US cinemas in October, with a UK release set for November 7th.