Argo Saturday, 21 September 2019

Argo

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, mature themes violence.

  • The pitch:

    Arresting narrative that captures and detains a Hollywood moment with convincing custody.

  • Starring:

    Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Titus Welliver, Sheila Vand

  • Directed by:

    Ben Affleck

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    News footage and sketches depicting civil unrest: coup d'état, mass protesting, street violence including hangings, beatings, fires, flag-burning, starving civilians, people in chains. People march the streets carrying guns (handguns, sub-machine guns, rifles), waving fists and chanting. People are shot, blindfolded, kicked, beaten, knocked over, held hostage, threatened. Teargas canisters are shot into a crowd, at people. Bound and hooded hostages. Firing squad. A man is shot in the street. A building, a home is raided. Property is smashed, shredded, thrown. Vehicles, flags, effigies burn. Protesters bang on car windows (occupants inside). Massacre, killing babies, torture methods (mentioned). Yelling in English and Farsi. Onlookers watch a movie fight scene being filmed. Blood/gore: Blood pooled on ground. A dead body is seen hanging from a crane. Bloody streaks on clothing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, caressing. Ben bares his chest. Actors wear revealing costumes for a movie rehearsal.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, champagne). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab--, bastards, balls. Name-calling, obscene finger gesture. Racial, cultural, religious and gender stereotypes. Religious references, prayer.

  • THEMES:

    International relations, terrorism, rescue, CIA operatives, classified information, anti-Americanism, national security, human rights, extradition, defection, treason, cover stories, determination, perseverance, suicide missions, Hollywood, film-making, family, teamwork, revolution, Islam, extremism, protest, censorship, international news, military, conflict.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Embassy setting. Children work in sweat shops. Needle, monster prosthetics. Cancer, chemo, cataracts, abortion, urination, starving Africans, divorce, separation (mentioned). A man removes his wedding ring. Farsi language (subtitled). Dog, macaw.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Pretty much everything about it: costume, set design, screenplay, direction, cinematography, attention to detail, suspense, humour, realism, performances, timing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Blazing factual errors and misconceptions.

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