65. Unsung HEROES

Unsung HERO - a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution.
                                  a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged.

Applause & Recognition can do wonders to a person's self-confidence & morale, it inspires US to work harder & we strive to get the BEST out of US.

But WHY do these Uunsung HEROES do what they do even though they never get the DUE Credit that they DESERVE ???
PLOT : "
A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation led by Tony Mendez to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. "

ARGO, is one of those edge of the seat thrillers which grips the viewer from the very beginning and never lets go. And it achieves all this with the best of drama that is superbly written & executed with a bang. 

Ben Affleck is a well-known & talented actor but when HE directs a movie I am least skeptical, in fact my expectations are higher. This is HIS 3rd movie as a Director, HIS previous films being Gone Baby Gone & The Town. The former film is one of my favorites. 

As I said before, ARGO is a neatly crafted thrill ride written by Chris Terrio. I believe that this is HIS debut as a writer and HE has delivered so much that HIS up coming works will carry loads of expectations. 

The dialogs are so very funny, intelligent & sharp. So many things gets established during the exchange of dialogs, it establishes the characters, their ideals, fears & their motives.

Ben Affleck enacts the role of Tony Mendez, a CIA operative who specializes in getting people out of tight situations. HE pulled it off very well.

The ensemble cast in this film have all delivered exceptionally well, I might not be able to list out all of them here but John Goodman & Alan Arkin stood out in their roles of the Hollywood Make-up artist & Producer.

The plan of getting the hostages out is by pretending to be a fake movie crew & even though it sounds a crazy idea, they made it work.

Making a fake movie & the instances when they lead people into believe that its a real movie was so very funny.

Rodrigo Prieto of Amores Perros fame is the cinematographer, HE along with the ART & COSTUMES department have brought about the 80s lifestyle in a very detailed manner. I especially liked the tones HE used during the various moods of the film.

Editing is William Goldenberg, not only was the film gripping from the start but the last part of the film was so very intense & anxious.

As the film draws to a close, we also get to know that Tony Mendez was never acknowledged for HIS skills & bravery since this operation was carried out as a secret mission. But the US government finally recognized this brave act only many years later.

 If this had not happened, Tony Mendez would have gone done as one of the many Unsung HEROES who never get the DUE credit they deserve.

A dialog in this movie sums up why Unsung HEROES never complain for this lack of appreciation, " If we wanted applause, we would have joined the circus. "

  •  Rating :  "PG" for some intense content & language. 
P.S : " As the end credits begin, a picture of the actual passport of each 'fake film crew' member is displayed next to picture of the actor in the film, showing the similarities between the two faces. " 


Chithira Menon said...

Interesting review..

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