October 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment
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True to what you may have heard, the only thing that saves this script from being a ludicrous Hollywood action caper is that it’s almost entirely true.  Based on the CIA operation to secure the escape of 6 Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis, this story is full of the improbably twists and turns, narrow escapes and breathless moments one expects from a major studio movie.  Even though I knew the final outcome, I found myself anxious more than once as the Americans and their operative, played by Ben Affleck, tried to stay one step ahead of the Iranians.  Filmed entirely in and around Hollywood, the film feels authentically Middle Eastern; the buildings, streets, cars, clothing, etc. all felt like 1979 Tehran.  The acting was commendable and suited the film but there were no great performance, nor were any required.  Overall, the film was informative, interesting visually and entertaining.  This is not a classic film, nor even a fantastic one but it is a pretty good one.  I had fun and, with this film, that was good enough for me.


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