Movies have an amazing effect on people. Not just the films themselves, but even the people that help create them seem to amaze a lot of people. I think that is because most people don’t really understand how much work is put into these productions, so we assume that even a stagehand is responsible for the creation of these dreams. I have not seen a film shoot in my hometown of Murrieta, CA, but I have worked in Hollywood as a production assistant and an extra. Whenever I would step into a Starbucks to pick up a bunch of orders for the crew, the cashier would always want to know what movie I’m shooting and what I do. I think that since I must be the fiftieth person from a soundstage to order coffee, these people would eventually get sick of us. But Hollywood still seems to amaze everyone.
Argo will stand as a great example of how Hollywood’s grasp on people is strong enough to save lives. My parents would know more about the events then I would, as I wasn’t even born yet, but this movie makes me want to learn more about the struggle that went through with Iran and it’s political revolution.
It’s 1979, and the American Embassy has just been stormed by a group of angry Iranians. Most of them are taken hostage by the new military, but six of the embassy workers hightail to the Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor’s home. But they are stuck there and the details of their situation are made classified. The CIA is looking for ways to get them out of there, so they bring in specialist Ken Taylor (played by Ben Affleck) for help. He as out of luck as the agency is until he gets an idea watching a science-fiction movie with his son.
He proposes a cover story that the six refugees are actually a Canadian film crew that is scouting Iran for filming locations of a fake movie. He then contacts make-up artist John Chambers (played by John Goodman) who tells him that he’ll need to set up more then some fake passports. They then bring in successful movie producer Lester Siegel (played by Alan Arkin) to help find a script (hence the movie’s name “Argo”), set up a production office, and know the movie lingo from head to toe. Once a press jacket seems convincing that the movie is real, Tony heads off to Iran to rescue his fellow Americans.
What amazes me is not only how fascinating this story is, but also of how intense I feel for these people. Though I knew how everything turns out, Argo kept me on the edge of my seat. Ben Affleck also directs this stunning movie about how even strange ideas may be the only option. The grainy craft of the movie gives Argo the feeling of a hidden story that has just been declassified. This movie also shows how much Canada really means to us. Argo is all about these people that don’t go together, yet somehow make it all work for our nation’s dignity.
I’ll give this five Argo posters out of five. This movie is a great thriller that everybody has to see to understand both the influence of Hollywood and how even one lost person is important to the United States.