| October 11, 2012

Sometimes a movie comes along that hits on all cylinders.  Political thriller ‘Argo’, which is based on a true story, is just that.

It’s 1979 and the American embassy in Iran has just been taken over by Islamic militants. Fifty-two Americans are held captive, but six manage to escape to the home of the  Canadian ambassador where they wait … for anything.

So, CIA., what’s the plan to get our guys and gals home safe and sound? They need a cover story to get them past the militants at the airport, so how about …  English teachers traveling abroad? No. Missionaries feeding starving children?  No.  Instead, they send their top guy, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), and have him pretend they are all part of a film crew planning a big budget Hollywood location shoot … yes, this really happened..

Starring with Affleck, who also directed, is a top-notch cast including Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. I'm only mentioning a few, but everyone in this film does a tremendous job.

The Date Nighter Says: Everyone should go see this. Take your date, take your friend, take your parents … GO BY YOURSELF. It's that good.