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Rugger Review: Argo

   

Summary: It’s 1979 at the US Embassy in Tehran where a revolutionary uprising has led to a hostage situation. Six workers manage to escape and seek refuge with the Canadian Ambassador. Back on US soil it falls to C.I.A. “exfil” specialist Tony Mendez to orchestrate their escape.

Eight years ago, Ben Affleck’s career was all but over thanks to the critical panning of some (if not all) of his film choices. It wasn’t just the films that were bad, but his acting was too (See Gigli).

But rather than continue down the same route which would have no doubt led to the D.V.D. bargain bin, Affleck took time off to reflect on his career and his future.

His return gave us a stunning portrayal of the first Superman in Hollywoodland which he followed up with Gone Baby Gone, his impressive debut as both writer and director.

Wisely staying behind the camera, Affleck’s focus was where it needed to be in crafting a fine detective drama that was relevant of our time.

Finally, with his mojo back, the Affleck we were promised fifteen years ago when he co-wrote Good Will Hunting, could move on with his career and three years later gave us one of the best heist films to come out of Hollywood in the last decade with The Town.

Returning to the Boston setting he once again wrote the script and directed but chose this time to entrust himself with the main part of Doug MacRay which could have backfired but instead honed his skill as a director even further.

But surely the magic has to run out sooner or later though, right? This is the star of critical duds Pearl Harbour and Armageddon we

   

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