Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First Trailer for Ben Affleck's "Argo"

I've been looking forward to this movie for a while now, so I'm glad we're finally getting a trailer for it. This was one my most anticipated for 2012 early in the year, and this trailer definitely didn't do anything to subdue those feelings.

For those of you unfamiliar with this film's premise, it takes place in the 1970's and tells the true story of the American rescue of hostages held in Iran after the revolution there. "Argo" is the story of government agents who devised a plan to pose as a film crew shooting a movie to get into the country and help free the hostages. With the help of Hollywood, the plan actually succeeded.

The film, directed by Ben Affleck, looks like a solid follow-up for this budding director. This is the third feature film he is directing, behind "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town". Both received exceptional critical success, and I wouldn't expect much less from this project.

Check out the full trailer and synopsis after the break.




I don't know about you guys, but this looks really good to me. First of all, I'm a big fan of films from this era. I love the style of the 70's, and you can't beat the soundtracks you can put together for the films! The tone of this looks like it might be a tricky one, as it's clear even from the trailer of the two different aspects it will try to balance. You have the serious political drama of the actual hostage situation, mixed with the silliness of their actual plan to team with Hollywood and fake an entire movie production. I'm immediately reminded of a film like "The Informant!", though I expect this film will be on a higher overall level. I have faith in Affleck to manage this though, and hopefully he can pull off this really interesting chapter from our history.

The film is set to open October 12, 2012. Here's the full synopsis:
Based on true events, “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 U.S. 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 “ex-filtration” 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.
What do you guys think of this film?