If you don’t know the declassified true story behind the film, here it is in a nutshell: “As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.” (taken from IMDB)
The film is set in the late seventies and actually happened. I had read up on this story after seeing the first movie trailer. This is a testament to the directing and the acting in this film. You know how it ends. Everyone knows how it ends. It happened. The people got out safely. The plan worked. The intensity is just so incredibly high at points that you think, “Oh God…ARE they gonna get out?!” Ben Affleck has us on the edge of our seat for a story in which we already know the ending. Brilliant.
I also enjoy Ben’s other movies Gone Baby Gone and The Town. I think Gone Baby Gone is better, by c’est la vie.
In short, go see this movie sometime. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen all year and a definite contender for Best Picture. 5/5
Unfortunately, this movie is incredibly boring. I mean, I had never seen the original series, so there’s no context for me, but the movie has an almost 2 hour runtime and you feel it. It moves incredibly slow and my family and I found ourselves checking our watches at multiple points throughout.
The things that rock about this movie are the art direction (obviously), soundtrack (artists and score), and the comedic moments. There are a lot of gems throughout, but they are sparse in comparison to the whole film. This one will go down as one of the lower points in Tim Burton’s repertoire.
It definitely had a lot of Alice Cooper though. So, bonus cooper points. 😀 3/5