Rashid Irani's review: Argo

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Ben Affleck
Actors: Ben Affleck , Allan Arkin
Rating: ****

An actor whose career has seen steep ups (blockbusters such as Armageddon) and downs (the crass Gigli), Ben Affleck has also snagged an Oscar
for Best Original Screenplay (with Matt Damon) for Good Will Hunting, besides directing two Boston-set crime capers, Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Working for the first time from someone else’s script, Affleck’s third feature recounts a little known episode from the Iran hostage crisis of 1979.

Towards the end of that turbulent decade, as the Iranian revolution reached its breaking point, militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran taking more than 50 Americans hostage. In the ensuing chaos, six diplomats managed to escape and take refuge at the residence of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber).

Enter a CIA ‘exfil