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Argo

Argo – a film that many will miss or filter because of the recent awards.

It’s an example of old school film making.

A simple great story that anyone can understand.

Tension being built not by special effects but story, pacing and film making.

I challenge you not to have you biting your nails, and holding your breath.

And was it just me, or does the film “Argo” itself remind you of Flash Gordon?

100% worth a watch on the big or small screen.

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Argo is a 2012 American dramatic thriller film directed by Ben Affleck; it is a dramatization of and is based on a 2007 article about the “Canadian Caper”,[3] in which Tony Mendez, a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

The film stars Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman, and was released in North America to critical and commercial success on October 12, 2012. The film was produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney. The story of this rescue was also told in the 1981 television movie Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper, directed by Lamont Johnson.[4][5]

Argo received seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards and won three, for Best Film Editing,[6] Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. The film also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actorfor Arkin. It won the award for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards with Alan Arkin being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. It also won Best Film, Best Editing, and Best Director (for Affleck) at the66th British Academy Film Awards.

 

Plot

A dramatisation of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

 

Director:

 Ben Affleck

Writers:

Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (book)

Stars:

Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

Total Recall

Total Recall

Total Recall – 2012 – Review

Official Site: http://www.welcometorecall.com/

Total Recall

Total Recall

An interesting premise, a world with limited viable space, the idea of The Fall – a trans global though centre of the earth travel – and vision of the future has the seeds of a great movie.

Rekall.. where you can implant memories… What would you like… A spy perhaps?

The police crash in and the following scene is one of the best in our opinion.

The question of what is reality is a key one.

The opening sequence where our hero looks out onto the future world is usually impressive. A multi dimensional multi layered warren of housing and living space.

The scenes remind of many Sci Fi films, but this is no bad thing.

Add to this magnetic cars and a world filled with mag lev (magnetic levitation), and throw in the display glass of Minority Report and Day of Glass (Corning) ( see YouTube and be blown away ).

The catches:

Obvious plot glitches …. Why doesn’t the toxic air spread everywhere? Why doesn’t she just kill him when he’s asleep? Why would the prime minister also lead his own army with massive risk? What happens next? Was it all just a dream… ?

Overall:

It was a fun movie to watch for the boys night out. The chase scenes, the industrial spaces, and the not too serious dialogue. You may jump in parts. Enjoy.

P.s.
This is not the Total Recall of our child hood…

Visual: 7/10
Plot: 6/10
Script: 6/10
Fun: 7/10

 

Note:

Total Recall is a 2012 American science fiction action film remake of the 1990 film of the same name, in turn loosely based on the 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Unlike the original film and short story, the plot does not include a trip to Mars[4] and exhibits more political overtones. The film blends Western and Eastern influences, most notably in the settings and dominant populations of the two nation states in the story: the United Federation of Britain, and the Colony.

Cast

  • Colin Farrell as Douglas Quaid/Carl Hauser, a factory worker suffering from strange violent dreams who serves as the film’s protagonist.[7]
  • Kate Beckinsale as Lori, a UFB undercover agent posing as Quaid’s wife.[8]
  • Jessica Biel as Melina, a member of the Resistance and Quaid’s love interest.[8]
  • Bryan Cranston as Chancellor Vilos Cohaagen, the corrupt and ruthless dictator of the UFB who serves as the film’s main antagonist.[9]
  • Bokeem Woodbine as Harry, Quaid’s “best friend”.
  • Bill Nighy as Matthias Lair, the leader of the Resistance.[10]
  • John Cho as Bob McClane, a rep for Rekall who offers Quaid the chance to experience an imagined adventure.[11]
  • Kaitlyn Leeb as The Seductive Woman (aka The Three-Breasted Woman)[12][13]