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3 times is the charm for Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has proven to be a credible film director, with his directorial debut 'Gone Baby Gone' attracting critical acclaim, and his second film, 'The Town', seeing Jeremy Renner nominated for an Academy Award. His third film 'Argo' is receiving Oscar buzz and it is easy to see why.

Argo' is a dramatisation of the operation by the CIA and Canadian Secret Service to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. It is based on the true story of a student demonstration at the US embassy in Tehran gone wrong. Hundreds of American employees get trapped inside the building (and they were actually held hostage for over a year). Six employees escaped and hide out desperately hoping that the US will come and save them.

CIA strategist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes in to save the day, by proposing an outrageous plan to falsify documents and make it seem that the six escapees were part of a film crew, working on a new science fiction film called 'Argo'. This involves setting up a phony movie production company, complete with advertising, a big shot director and producer, and a full cast.

Once Affleck enters Iran, things start to get interesting. I don't want to give anything away so you will have to settle for my vague description and go and see it for yourself. Let's just say that it is a highly-suspenseful-edge-of-your-seat-film. I could barely breathe towards the end because I was so excited and terrified.

The film was set in the 1979 and the costume design, hair and make up really encapsulate all that was the 70s. It is easy to immerse yourself in the time and culture and this helps to make the movie more interesting. The acting is of a high calibre, and the script is stellar. I went into the movie not knowing anything about the real story, so it was a real eye opener for me.

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Why? Because it is a really good film
When: Now showing
Where: In cinemas
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