At the time you are reading this the head of the CIA David Petraeus will have resigned due to the other clandestine organisation based in the USA. The FBI. After discovering that he had been having an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. The funny thing is that the CIA has stated he (Petraeus) had not broken any rules.
I could go on with the subject matter however may I direct you to an article written in ‘The Chicago Tribune’
which raises many good points without putting any real attention to their points raised. Do read and read it carefully.....
So what are the critics saying about Argo?
Well Rotten Tomatoes gives it 8.6 and having seen some of the comments I too concur. I know what you're thinking, "tell us about the film then!” OK. I will but first some more background on the period in history that seems to have been forgotten by mankind.
The film starts with a piece of narration telling us when the man who rules Iran for 37 years The Shah of Iran gets his start and the events leading up to his abdication and his death which the film doesn't cover but I do.
Shah is Persian for king, and is a title given to the kings and lords of Iran and India. It was continuously used in Persia and Greater Iran.
In India, it was used by Mughal rulers. The word derives from the Old Iranian language meaning "power" and "command" corresponding to Sanskrit (Ancient Indian) kshatriya language meaning "warrior."
To read more about his background and rise to power then, read here
Talking about death, two of his children die by suicide even though according to the film the Shah
leaves the country on a Boeing 747 plane so leaden with gold bars that it can barely take off proving once again that the measure of happiness is not in what you own but rather, what you are prepared to give and do give....
(Now back to the film).
During the upheaval of The Shah's fleeing of the country, the people who under The Shah were very secular and seek a new leader of a religious persuasion thus enters Ayatollah Khomeini who takes control and is named supreme ruler, he is the one who issued a fatwa against Salmon Rushdie oh, and Time Magazine named him Man of The year for his influence and "Virtually the Face of Islam Western Popular Culture” (but this is another story and not included in the one you're gonna watch.
During the upheaval the people storm the American Embassy, taking all Americans hostage bar six, who escape and hide in the residence of the Canadian ambassador's home.
They (the six) realise they do not have long before they are discovered and America knows this too so they get a man called Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) trained and skilled in hostage retrieval to formalise a plan that mustn't fail and what is this plan?
(Now this bit is true)
The plan is to make a fake movie based in Iran, forge six passports for the trapped Americans who are staying with the Canadians then get Affleck to meet them, brief them on filming etiquette and then get them to board a flight to Zurich. Sounds easy and simple however the tension in this film is imminence!!!
Another interesting fact is that the original title of the script was "Lord of Light" until The CIA bought the script and changed the name to Argo. If you're wondering what Argo is about think Star Wars rip off and you'll be in the correct ball park.
Affleck's words below about the film.
"Because we say it's based on a true story, rather than this is a true story, we're allowed to take some dramatic license. There's a spirit of truth and the kinds of things that are really important to be true are. For example, the relationship between the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. stood up collectively as a nation and said, we like you, we appreciate you, we respect you, and we are in your debt.… There were folks who didn’t want to stick their necks out and the Canadians did. They said we will risk our diplomatic standing and our lives, by harbouring six Americans because it’s the right thing to do.”
So in Ben's words; artistic liberties are taken but not enough to detract from events that really happened. Also remember this is a motion picture and not a documentary.
I really enjoyed this film because it gave me a chance to remember a time when the ‘West’ loved Iran and helped to install a puppet leader until the people demanded more.
Also, be aware that during this period of history America disposed the leadership of Iran that during its war with Iraq it arms the enemy thus years later they are able to tell the world without a shred of doubt but no physical evidence that Iraq had stockpiles of WMD. They knew because they were the suppliers’ years earlier.
Remember keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
Go see this quality film with one eye watching the screen and the other reading my reviews.
Connect the dots peeps.....
"what's the 411?"
you know it makes sense........
Article by @gmanzen / 12th November 2012
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