‘Argo’ Trailer: CIA Meets Hollywood in Ben Affleck’s Historical Thriller

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Ben Affleck is hoping to go 3-for-3 on his directorial efforts with this fall’s “based on true events” historical CIA thriller, Argo – and judging by the official trailer, he appears to have pulled off that hat trick.

Argo features an admirable cast that is headed by Affleck, alongside people like Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), John Goodman (The Artist), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Clea DuVall (Girl, Interrupted), Victor Garber (Alias) and Adrienne Barbeau (Carnivàle) – all dressed and groomed to look like relics of the 1970s, with impeccable attention to detail on a par with a TV show like Mad Men.

Joshuah Berman’s article about the 1979 Iranian revolution from Wired Magazine is the basis for Chris Terrio’s Argo script, wherein six American members of the country’s U.S. embassy manage to seek refuge in the home of a Canadian ambassador – after Iranian militants storm the establishment. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are discovered and killed, a team of CIA agents rattle their brains, in an effort to come up with a rescue plan.

“Exfiltration” specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) finally comes up with the “best bad idea” possible: collaborate with some Hollywood heavyweights (Goodman, Arkin), in order to create the illusion that Mendez and his fellow agents are actually members of a big-time, sci-fi blockbuster production (titled “Argo”) who are scouting out shooting locations in Iran – as a cover for their high-stakes rescue operation.

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Ben Affleck and his team in 'Argo'

The trailer makes Argo look pretty entertaining – like a historical thriller along the lines of Munich, but also part caper flick in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job. Besides the great cast, the film also boasts grainy cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (25th Hour) that resembles that of an actual movie made in the ’70s – along with convincing period hair stylings overseen by Kelvin R. Trahan (Zodiac) and set design from Oscar-nominee Jan Pascale (Good Night, and Good Luck and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – quite the pairing, eh?).

Will Argo land Affleck the director more attention during awards season – especially, since he now has two critically-acclaimed titles (Gone Baby Gone and The Town) under his belt? If nothing else, early signs are encouraging.

Argo arrives in theaters around the U.S. on October 12th, 2012.


Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. actually looks pretty good! i havent seen the town yet but ive heard that it was good.

  2. And here I thought it was gonna be a flick about Jason and the Argonauts.

  3. I’m one of the few who likes Gone Baby Gone more than The Town but I’ve watched both a few times and I’m happy for Affleck because before those films his career had taken a major slide down.
    Not that he has anyone to blame but himself for that because it seemed like he was saying yes to everything that came his way.
    I’ll be checking this out when it hits Blu-ray though. That’s not a knock on the film, I just can’t afford to see everything I want to in the theater this year.

  4. Looks like good stuff. Possible Oscar contender there.

  5. Looks great. But there’s nothing “70s grainy” about it at all. It’s got that clean modern ramped-up 35mm look throughout, which some late 70s costumes don’t diminish- but still, it’s good to see Ben in a pithy lead role, and of course national treasure John Goodman.

  6. I hope Bryan Cranston gets an oscar nod!

    But that’s only wishful think :(

  7. i hope this turns out great, then he can get that “Stand” project goin

  8. I couldn’t stand Affleck for years, but I think he finally found a winning formula. Instead of taking bad roles in bad films, written by other people, he has started to make his own movies, and so far it has been great.

  9. im not the biggest fan of Ben Affleck as an actor but man i gotta say hes ganna be big. argo looks great. Affleck for me is the next clint eastwood

    • i was thinking the same thing before even seeing the trailer.

  10. When they gave my uncle the metal for flying the 6 American embassy workers out of Iran there was no articles in the news and no propaganda was made of it in Canada. Only in America can the government screw up so badly that they need the Canadians to bail them out. Then Hollywood makes them look like heroes again 35 years later and Ben gets the Oscar. Reminds me of the line in the movie, The Jerk, “Sh*t, Shine-ola, get it son?” .