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Credit goes to both Affleck and writer Chris Terrio (in addition to historical events, the screenplay was based on an article from “Wired” magazine by Joshuah Bearman) for applying such a delicate touch to the film. The Hollywood angle doesn’t always mesh with the more weighty portions of the film, but when it does, it says something profound about how important movies are to us and how we use them to cope, mourn, celebrate, and blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

The aim of a good thriller was never clear to me until now – it should make you aware of your own heartbeat. While not an action film per se, “Argo” practically shakes your seat. It commands your attention. It trades the self-important barking of most CIA-thrillers for quietly effective moments and gives up predictable action setpieces in favor of striking period piece intricacies. It’s so sleek and well-made that you’ll wish you could park it in your driveway and show it off to your neighbors. Congratulations, Mr. Affleck. You’ve arrived. Again. Please stay awhile.

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ (Excellent)

-J. Olson

Full review: Argo

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