Back in February of 2011 we reported that Warner Bros. and George Clooney’s production company Smoke House had acquired the rights to an article that Joshuah Burman had written for Wired magazine, about the daring real life rescue of 6 US diplomats during the 1979 Tehran uprising.
At the time, Clooney was possibly going to star in the film and Ben Afleck would direct it. As it turns out, Ben Afleck is directing and starring in it himself, with an excellent supporting cast that includes Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), John Goodman, Adrienne Barbeau, Clea Duvall, Tate Donavon and Alan Arkin.
There is already some early Oscar buzz that Bryan Cranston will get a nomination for his portrayal of Jack O’Donnell in Argo. Which comes as no surprise since Afleck has proven himself in recent years to be an able filmmaker with critically acclaimed films like ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Town’ on his resume.
Afleck’s gift as a serious filmmaker is to let his audience feel the stakes, and build the suspense against an ever ticking “time bomb”, while giving his characters dignity and importance. Even the characters that may be deemed as insignificant, have a moral code they’re trying to adhere to, giving great value to every human life in an Afleck film. A trait many of today’s film’s are lacking.
Argo’s story recounts the sensational efforts of the CIA’s rescue operation to release 6 diplomats taken hostage by terrorists in an embassy in 1979. The CIA agents disguised themselves as a Canadian film crew scouting for locations, in order to infiltrate the area. An idea so outlandish that it just might work. And it did. Bringing home 6 people to their families.