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When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood production in order to fool the terrorists into releasing a group of U.S. diplomats in this Warner Bros. docudrama based on actual events. Affleck directs from a script by Chris Terrio, with George Clooney handling producing duties. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston co-star.
I loved the story
Fun and tense.
Great movie, despite knowing the end in advance I was sitting on the edge of my chair for most of the film. Ben Affleck has become one of my favorite directors along with Clint Eastwood--- go figure!
It was good but I'm not quite sure why it was the Best Picture...
Very done! Excellent Movie! Nail biting till the end.
Great movie...even though you know the ending, it still delivers on suspense. Great acting by all, and the actors look a lot like the real people.
Incredibly suspenseful. Loved it.
Ben Affleck at the peak of his directing, along with a wonderful ensemble cast. The only drawback is Affleck himself in the lead role, who probably was too consumed with directing to make his character and performance interesting.
Very good, well written a bit slow but for the kind of film it is that's to be expected. Give it a go if you are in the mode to watch this type of film or you might lose interest.
Excellent entertainment. Suspenseful, humorous, enjoyable, educational (to a degree) and just fun to watch. No super heroes, no special powers, but a lot of grits and guts and you have to be in a great mood when it ends.
"Ben Affleck kills it on both sides of the camera, and proves once again that truth can be even more thrilling than fiction. It's sort of perfect, there's not a wasted beat, the period details are amazingly reproduced and the cast is vivid and dead on. Come Oscar time, the Academy will love the benign ribbing of Hollywood. The film is almost too seamlessly constructed and executed; when you think back on the plot you'll realize there aren't really any surprises at all, but it's so well done you won't care."
Pretty great, except for all the extended closeups of Ben Affleck. The story is about the hostages, not your character, Ben...
Well done, well written, interesting individuals, well acted. As a loosely based on the truth story, this is better than most and fascinating to understand how it was pulled off. Wouldn't have been able to be done today, but that's another movie. But it will not blow Lincoln out of the water for Golden Globes or Oscar nods. Lincoln is just brilliantly rendered. This is a very good, but not great.