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Tony Mendez - our GREAT American Hero!,
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This review is from: Argo (DVD)
I watched this movie with my family and we all LOVED it! It's a movie version of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. I remember that event very well, having lived through that period. Critics have complained that Ben Afflect demonized the Iranian people in this movie. I disagree. I thought he did a pretty accurate picture of the people in Tehran at that time. The Iranian people's anger at the U.S. for allowing their former King, the Shah of Iran, to be in our country for medical reason came through the nightly news exactly as shown. (Of course, the Iranian people had their reason for being angry with the Shah, but that's another story.)
Ben Afflect did a wonderful job directing this movie. The script moved and the casting was great, but keep in mind that this is a movie. The concept of creating a fake movie to be carried out by the CIA agent, Tony Mendez (Ben Afflect), was real. All the other stuff (i.e. procuring the passports at the last minute, the airport chase, etc, etc) never happened. But it made for a good thriller and kept us at the edge of our seats! This DVD also has a special feature with the REAL 1979 hostages alongside the actors recalling their experiences. It was fun to see them side-by-side.
This covert operation was classified until much later when the information was released to the public and was picked up Joshua Bearman from the WIRED magazine in 2007. We now know that we owe our gratitude for the safe return of the American hostages to Tony Mendez and to the courageous people who worked in the Canadian Embassy in Iran. This movie does not take away from that fact.
I read in the news that the CURRENT Iranian government is considering suing Argo for making them look bad. If they want to sue anyone for making them look bad, then they need to sue themselves. Most of the Iranian people are intelligent, kind, and hard working. They are not all religious fanatics. (I know this for a fact.) This movie just showed the event and the mood of that period, nothing more.