Alan Arkin, Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Bryan Cranston.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
DVD, region 1, dual-layer format, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital (English 5.1, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1 surround).
I had no idea what to expect from this movie. I did not know what it was about or who acted in it and the extent of my knowledge was that it was nominated for an Academy Award. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I thought the plot was not only different but it kept me riveted the whole time. I am not the biggest fan of Ben Aflec but I thought he did an amazing job not only acting in this movie but also directing it. His character was intelligent and competent and yet vulnerable. The plot line that focused on his relationship with his young son was particularly endearing and made me really root for his character. It also put more weight on one of the larger decisions his character made because it did not only affect him, but also those he loved most. I was captivated by this film from the beginning and it succeeded in holding my attention the entire time.
Okay, so I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie until it started racking up so many awards but when I finally got a chance to watch it I understood why it had so many awards. I didn't know much about the Islamic Revolution at the time, but that didn't stop me from being engaged! The plot wasn't hard to follow even though I didn't know much about that time period, and it flowed very well. The costumes were spot on and the acting was far from shallow. I also learned a bit more about what happened with the American Embassy in Iran during that time. A minor history lesson! But other than that the movie is great. You feel the suspense and everything.
I thought this one of the best films I've ever seen. Perhaps because I remember the time period and could relate to that part of history. The characters were interesting and believable. I highly recommend this film.
This was just such a different kind of story, and I thought everything about it was well-done. I thought the costuming and sets gave a great sense of the time period along with the little details like ash trays and the old movie sets with only a couple of channels. Ben Affleck's directing on this story was obviously masterful. The attention to detail, the historical context given, the building of the tension and the way it didn’t stop until the very last minute…it was everything movies should be. I learned a lot about the situation, and I’m so glad this story was told and in such a competent way. I loved at the end when they showed not only the real people with their actual photos, but the photographs that were taken at the time of the events along with the movie stills. And the famous commentator at the end! I don’t want to give anything away because that was one of my favorite parts of the movie, but I’ll just say that everything about this movie was just as it should be.
This movie was well made. It seems true to the period. You get a real feel, with use of archive footage and soundtrack, for that period in history. I have a feeling the facts may have been embellished to make a better movie. Is that wrong? I don't know. I do know this is a good movie that kept me tense until the end. I just don't agree that this deserves the Oscar for best picture. Grade B+