2012, Ben Affleck -- download
Argo introduces Tony Mendez to the Canadian Caper, an exfiltration specialist with the CIA. I cannot actually believe there is such a job -- that the Americans need to extract people from dangerous situations so often. But anywayz, they are struggling to figure out how to rescue the 6 embassy staff members before they are identified as missing and hunted down. The American government has issues coming up with a not-completely-silly plan to extract them, until Mendez suggests the whole "pretend to be a movie crew" plan, complete with scripts and posters and real Hollywood press conferences. And it works.
So, we acknowledge this is a Hollywood adaptation of history, and those are always more dramatic and rarely accurate. I accept that. Its a movie. But what gets me are the tropes the movie makes so much use of in order to instill drama. We know the people escaped so why do a "they ALMOST get caught" scene involving unfortunate timing and cars chasing airplanes? The rest is deflated drama that means nothing. Affleck does do a lovely job building the look of the movie but its all about him, and little about the people actually involved. But the movie is so light on actual emotional connection, I am not sure where the critical acclaim came from.