Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
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In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tony Mendez boards his flight at Dulles International Airport via a jetway. There were no jetways at Dulles in 1980: passengers rode mobile lounges or walked across the ramp to get to their flights. See more »
This is the Persian Empire known today as Iran. For 2,500 years, this land was ruled by a series of kings, known as shahs. In 1950, the people of Iran elected Mohammad Mossadeqh, a secular democrat, as Prime Minister. He nationalized British and U.S. petroleum holdings, returning Iran's oil to it's people. But in 1953, the U.S. and Great Britain engineered a coup d'etat that deposed Mossadeqh and installed Reza Pahlavi as shah. The young Shah was known for opulence and ...
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The movie opens with the 1970s-era Warner Bros. slash logo that eventually became the logo of Warner Music, which was designed by Saul Bass, instead of the traditional shield logo. However, the corporate copy below the logo refers to Time Warner, the current incarnation of Warner Communications since 1990, in the same typeface that was used decades ago. See more »
If This Was The Best of 2013 I Don't Wanna See The Worst!
OK it was watchable fair but to win Best Movie Oscar in 2013 I'm very surprised because where historical biopics are concerned this wasn't exactly up there with Ghandi.
Admittedly it was an interesting story as obviously this operation had been classified until now but clearly there was significant artistic license taken with the veracity of historical facts. Others have written more about that but this film is also heavily clichéd and portrays every Iranian as a mad mullah. Hell, when you consider the historical context of America's puppet the Shah prior to the revolution then I would be mad as hell and wanting every American collaborator dead. Perhaps the Iranians at that point were mad as hell and weren't going to take it anymore.
I wasn't much taken with the build up sequences to the rescue between the movie moguls, found it boorish and conceited, meanwhile Affleck sniffs and shuffles his way through the movie equally conceitedly in a ain't I cool and up myself sort of way.
Still the movie was watchable and happy to give a 6, I did consider 7 but given the negative aspects already highlighted I leaned more towards 6. Probably 6.5 would've been just right.
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