It’s a film within a film, or at least that’s what it appears to be from the first minute into the trailer for Argo, the third film directed by Ben Affleck, who has seen major success with Warner Bros with The Town and Gone, Baby, Gone.
This time around Affleck plays up a true life story, as Tony Mendez, a CIA agent that’s in the middle of the Iranian revolution in the 1970s. Affleck, leading a team that includes Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alias’ Victor Garber, set out to rescue six American diplomats trapped in Tehran.
In order to rescue the six civilians Affleck and his crew plan to devise a fake Sci-Fi film that takes place in Iran in hopes to create an elaborate distraction. The zingy lines in the film’s trailer seems like a promising turn from the director who has thus far focused on gritty crime dramas in his hometown of Boston, which he loses completely for Argo.
The film, which is characterized as a dramatic thriller really shows what it’s got in terms of exciting action as Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, plays for dramatic effect. It’s the clever but subtle moves like song choice that make it clear Ben Affleck is making good of his promising directing career.
Argo hits the big screen on September 14th, and is one of several films that Affleck will show his acting chops off in. The second is Terrence Malick’s Untitled mysterious love triangle film with Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem.