Affleck's work both as director and star sets the correct tone and is a major source of the film's believability. As Mendez, Affleck is a quiet and forceful presence, simply and emphatically laying out the particulars of the operation to his charges. Mendez is a man of action, not an action hero. He maintains composure in front of the people he is trying to save, and at no time in “Argo” is there any question that Mendez completely understands the gravity of his situation or the stakes involved.
But since Affleck began the second chapter of his career, becoming the fine director of dramas such as “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town,” he seems nearly as cognizant of great storytelling as his “Argo” character is of the mortal realities of his mission. This is why “Argo” is such a tour de force: Affleck knows that a true story, especially one in which lives were hanging in the balance, should respect the emotional truths faced by the people who went through it.
— George Lang
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Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber. (Language and some violent images)
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