Argo Cinema Review

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“The whole country is watching you. They just don’t know it.”

With all the Bonds, Bournes and Mission: Impossible tales out there, it is sometimes hard to come back down to earth to watch real life events unfold. We are so desensitised by the wild action and adventure – no matter how much these franchises, to varying degrees, attempt to ground themselves in reality – that the real exploits of spies seem positively mundane by comparison.

Argo tells the greatest true mission impossible story. Despite the fictional flourishes used to heighten the tension, and the dark and witty underbelly of the script, this is what really happened; a stunning piece of courageous but understated spy-work – an impossible mission perpetuated by a real-life super-spy. And to think, if the files had not been declassified a few years ago, we might have never known what really...


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TranceFan

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I watched this and found it somewhat unbalanced. It was presented in the film as a success - but the hostage taking signalled the end of ineffective Carters presidency and humiliated the US, and no mention was made of the military rescue attempt of the hostages that spectacularly failed in the desert. The CIA are presented as the good guys for saving those in peril, but it was their earlier overthrow of Iran's democratically elected leader in the coup in 1953 and imposition of mass murderer the Shah that caused the revolution in the first place, that led to the hostage taking and perfectly understandable enmity towards the yanks. The whole crisis could have been avoided if Carter had handed over the war criminal Shah back to the Iranian people for justice. Americas support for the Shah bears a lot of responsibility for 100s of 1000s of innocent Iranian deaths. I feel this only got the briefest of mentions, and the uninformed were not made aware of the true extent of the horrific crimes inflicted on the Iranian people by the US/UK government. Still a damn sight more believable than the laughable fiction of Zero Dark Thirty ;) 7/10.
 
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Snapfish2011

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I watched this and found it somewhat unbalanced. It was presented in the film as a success - but the hostage taking signalled the end of ineffective Carters presidency and humiliated the US, and no mention was made of the military rescue attempt of the hostages that spectacularly failed in the desert. The CIA are presented as the good guys for saving those in peril, but it was their earlier overthrow of Iran's democratically elected leader in the coup in 1953 and imposition of mass murderer the Shah that caused the revolution in the first place, that led to the hostage taking and perfectly understandable enmity towards the yanks. The whole crisis could have been avoided if Carter had handed over the war criminal Shah back to the Iranian people for justice. Americas support for the Shah bears a lot of responsibility for 100s of 1000s of innocent Iranian deaths. I feel this only got the briefest of mentions, and the uninformed were not made aware of the true extent of the horrific crimes inflicted on the Iranian people by the US/UK government. Still a damn sight more believable than the laughable fiction of Zero Dark Thirty ;) 7/10.
Its comments like this which make you want to read more about what happened, to see the bigger picture
 

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