I've said it once and I'll say it again: Ben Affleck has proven himself to be a disturbingly good director. And he's not half bad as an actor either.
In his latest directorial effort, Argo, the Academy Award winner helms an all-star cast in a fast-paced political drama. Check out the official plot synopsis below from Warner Bros:
Based on true events, "Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.
On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
Sounds compelling enough. And having Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and the great Clea Duvall on board can't hurt either. The whole faux movie aspect may even be enough to draw a varied audience to the theater as well, and give the movie an edge over the barrage of political films recently and to come in this election year. What do you think? Argo hits theaters October 12.