Hypable Movie Review: ‘Argo’

2:30 pm EDT, October 12, 2012

There’s something about mixing a thriller with “based on a true story” that shouldn’t work. The inherently thrilling aspects of most films lie in the unknown. It is for this reason that Argo is so marvelous; it’s a film that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout, regardless of whether you know the outcome or not.

Set during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, where the US embassy in Tehran was taken over and 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, Argo tells a slightly separate and thrilling story of a CIA mission to rescue the six people who escaped the embassy, and were hiding out in Tehran. Affleck takes a wonderful approach in the opening act in establishing the look of the era, thanks in large part to terrific production design and over all attention to detail. What’s more is that through a combination of grainy, archival footage and masterful recreation, the film is able to set-up the hostage situation in a thrilling manner that places you directly inside the U.S. Embassy.

Yet Argo, which is based off the 2007 Joshuah Bearman Wired article “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran”, focuses on the plot to rescue these six escaped U.S. citizens, who are holed up at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador (Victor Garber). Affleck also stars in the film as Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who concocts an absolutely ludicrous plan to break them out by posing as a Canadian film crew making a fake sci-fi film, Argo. Teaming up with Oscar-winning makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and Hollywood producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin), the plan is actually able to get off the ground.

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Among the terrific ensemble cast in the CIA hierarchy are Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, and even veterans Philip Baker Hall and Bob Gunton, who appear in a scene together, in which they are referred to as “the two old guys from The Muppets.” Obviously, there are a lot of characters to worry about, and because of that the second act does tend to sag a bit, but it is with lines like this that screenwriter Chris Terrio and Affleck ensure the less thrilling moments doesn’t feel overly long.

Rounding out the film’s ensamble cast are the six escaped hostages, played by Scoot McNairy, Tate Donovan, Kerry Bishe, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane and Christopher Denham. Richard Kind also has a rather amusing scene as an obnoxious Hollywood script salesman whoLester Siegel must deal with. The cast is fantastic, in part because the complete the look of the film. The hair, makeup, and costumes are all extremely well done and effectively transport us to the era, with Ben Affleck’s assured direction driving it all home.

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If this wasn’t already the case, Affleck has once and for all proven his calling in directing. Argo not only marks the third successful directorial outing for Affleck, but his is best. The tension the film is able to achieve during the film’s final act is nothing short of miraculous, considering that the majority of audiences will know the outcome. Perhaps because the idea of this rescue operation is so ridiculous that “true story” aspect makes the film all the more impressive, with Affleck not shying away from historical and archival references to get this across.

Argo is expertly made from the opening credits using the classic Warner Bros. logo from the 1970’s, to an edge-of-your-seat, thrilling finale that will leave you breathless. Affleck is a talent to reckon with behind the camera, steering the events in unforeseen directions that will thrill even the historical and political aficionados in the audience. While there is clearly some dramatic license taken here, the thrills in Argo feel genuine, as audiences will be able to place their trust in Affleck to deliver not only an immensely entertaining and thrilling film, but one that sets its sights outside the constraints of a mainstream Hollywood film.

Grade: A

Rated: R (for language and some violent images)

Argo opens in theaters on October 12, 2012.

With Captain America: Civil War coming to theaters this week in the U.S., the Russo brothers are teasing their plans for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2!

In an interview with Uproxx, the Russo brothers revealed that they believe that the current titles for the next Avengers films are misleading. Joe Russo stated, “The movies are two very different movies.” However, the current title makes it feel as though it’s the same story just split into two different films. It looks like that’s not what they’re going for, though.

“The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them,” Joe Russo went on to say in the interview. Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is currently scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 so it may be quite a while before we learn what the new title is. Thanos will be serving as the main antagonist in both of the films, with the conflict revolving around the Infinity Stones.

Before we even get to Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Marvel still has several movies to release. Including, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther.

Marvel recently pulled Inhumans from their upcoming Phase Three slate. It was supposed to be released July 12, 2019 after the release of Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. It’s still unclear whether the film is cancelled entirely or if it is simply being pushed back.

Are you glad to hear ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will be retitled?

Cami O’Connell has always been wise beyond her years and station on The Originals, and we will carry her most important words with us for a long time to come.

Cami O’Connell may not have survived Lucien’s bite on The Originals season 3, episode 19, but her words and wisdom will never be forgotten. She helped Klaus find peace and goodness in the world, she showed Davina that she is powerful enough to make her own destiny, and she constantly reminded everyone on that show that rising above one’s circumstances and being a good person is completely possible, even in the supernatural world.

Thinking back to all the incredible moments we had with Cami over the three seasons she was a part of The Originals, we tried to find a worthy enough way to pay our respects to her character. She was constantly dishing out incredible advice and knowledge, some of which is applicable to the world at large. Here are a few of our very favorite Cami quotes:

‘The Originals’ season 1, episode 4, ‘Girl in New Orleans’

“People are not awful. They want to be good. Something makes them bad, makes them snap. There are always signs. Symptoms before someone has a psychotic break.”

Cami The Originals season 1 episode 4 Girl in New Orleans edit

‘The Originals’ season 1, episode 8, ‘The River in Reverse’

“You are the architect of your own happiness.”

Cami The Originals season 1 episode 8 The River in Reverse edit

‘The Originals’ season 1, episode 16, ‘Farewell to Storyville’

“No one can control you unless you let them.”

Cami The Originals season 1 episode 16 Farewell to Storyville edit

‘The Originals’ season 2, episode 4, ‘Live and Let Die’

“This is a city of death, fires, floods. To say nothing of the violence we do to each other. We may laissez les bon temps rouler, but really we’ve turned life into one big party to distract ourselves from a single, unavoidable truth: We’re all going to die.”

Cami The Originals season 2 episode 4 Live and Let Die

“There’s more to life than the pain they made you feel. A cold beer, a slow song, a good friend. There are good things, Klaus, and you need to see that, too. There’s no real peace in revenge.”

‘The Originals’ season 2, episode 6, ‘Wheel Inside the Wheel’

“You know, sometimes I ask myself why I let people like Klaus into my life. I have this destructive pattern. I’m always drawn to the bad boys. Maybe deep down, I feel like that’s what I deserve.”

Cami The Originals season 2 episode 6 edit

‘The Originals’ season 3, episode 19 ‘No More Heartbreaks’

“I was never naive enough to think that I was your light, but there is light in you. All that anger, the cycle of abuse that Mikael began, you can end it. You have to, so you can be the light for your little girl. For Hope.”

Cami The Originals season 3 episode 19 No More Heartbreaks Leah Pipes edit

“Love will make you strong. It will make you the man that I know you want to be, and you have to remember that because I won’t be here to remind you.”

Which quote will you remember Cami for?

Another nail has just been placed through the cable box coffin: Hulu has just confirmed reports that they’re putting together a live TV service.

Speaking in front of advertisers on Wednesday morning, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said that live TV on Hulu is in the pipeline and will offer consumers a way to watch network and cable channels live via Hulu’s suite of apps.

Hopkins’ comments arrive on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal which first revealed the streaming service’s plans. According to that report, ESPN, ABC, Disney, Fox News, FX are the first channels set to join Hulu’s live TV service. Hopkins didn’t confirm any channels during his presentation this morning.

When it launches, Hulu will likely have one of the best shots at making a live TV streaming service take off, and it may seriously disrupt the traditional cable box business. The only other major service currently offering live TV via streaming is Sling TV (with plans starting at $20/month), but unlike Hulu, Sling lacks brand recognition.

Over the past couple of years it’s been widely report that Apple has made several attempts at creating a live TV service like the one Hulu is trying to put together, but the iPhone maker has run into trouble striking deals with the various networks.

Hulu’s current packages allow consumers to watch TV shows from most of the major channels the day after they air on traditional television. Plans start at $7.99 per month.

For some fans, watching TV shows live is important so they can live tweet or discuss their shows elsewhere online immediately after they air. A live TV service from Hulu could cause many people to get rid of their traditional cable boxes, which tend to come saddled with bad user interfaces and extra fees.

Are you tentatively interested in Hulu’s live TV service?

The price of the service will be an important factor in how many people subscribe, of course. Hopefully it’s cheaper than most cable subscriptions.