[Trailer] – Argo

8 May

When Ben Affleck decided to start directing films people were quite doubtful about the prospect. After all, the stench of Gigli still surrounded the guy’s name. But then his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone came out in 2007 and it was an absolutely brilliant film. Then The Town came out in 2010 and it only extended his streak (I gave it an A and ranked it as my 14th favorite film of that year). So, because of that, his follow-up, Argo, has always been one of my most anticipated films of 2012, I want him to go 3-for-3. And if the just released trailer for it, which you can watch after the cut, is any indication, we’re in for another winner from him.

The plot is just nifty as hell, and it’s based on a pretty incredible true story about a covert operation to rescue six American citizens in the midst of the Iran hostage crisis. Those six Americans fled the embassy that was stormed by militants in Tehran in all the commotion and found asylum in the house of the Canadian ambassador. Still, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before they were found and killed, so their government had to act fast to get them out safely. The plan the C.I.A. thought up of was to go to Tehran undercover, saying they were part of a Hollywood crew about to shoot a sci-fi film, titled Argo, in the city and get them out as part of the crew. Genius.

The trailer is absolutely awesome and just got me even more excited for this one. It starts off super serious, like a great political thriller, but once the details of the plan start to unroll it becomes something reminiscent of Ocean’s Eleven and then those two tonalities seem to be merged together by Mr. Affleck to great effect. And that’s what I like the most about how this one seems to be playing out, how Mr. Affleck seems to be balancing perfectly the pure entertainment potential of such a wild plan with the fact that it was a true life-or-death situation for the people involved. Plus you look at the ensemble he’s lined up and this one seems to be a sure thing. Can’t fucking wait.

Directed by Ben Affleck; written by Chris Terrio based on the article by Joshuah Bearman; starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Clea DuVall, John Goodman, Michael Parks, Taylor Schilling, Kyle Chandler, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Alan Arkin, Chris Messina and Titus Welliver. Argo opens on the very Oscar-friendly date of October 12.

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