Argo is a historical drama thriller directed by Ben Affleck. Based on a true story, the movie follows CIA operative Tony Mendez who led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats who were held hostage in Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The movie has a theme of using the “best of bad ideas, from a list of only bad ideas.” I say this is a theme because in the beginning of Argo, Tony has a meeting with other CIA operatives about how to rescue the six U.S. diplomats who were forced out of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. His idea is to gather a fake film crew and go to Iran to find the diplomats and get them out of the country before they are found and killed. This movie takes place during the Iranian Revolution, and there are scenes referencing the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty and Iranian disapproval of the United States. The hatred of the United States by the Iranians in the time period is constantly portrayed throughout the movie as American flags are burned and any American that is found in the country is killed. The movie shows the transition of Iran as a dynasty-ruled country to the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the movie, there are incredibly tense moments when Tony is around the Iranians, because in the movie Tony and his fake film crew are disguised as Canadians with fake backgrounds to disguise their identities. If Tony and the diplomats are found to be American by the Iranians, they would be killed.
The most tense part of the movie is when Tony and his crew are at an Iranian airport, getting ready to board a plane back to safety in the U.S.. Tony and his crew are inspected thoroughly by Iranian security, but are mistakenly found to be an actual Canadian film crew, making a science fiction movie, called Argo, in the setting of Iran. The crew boards the plane with no hostilities, but are discovered as Americans just as the plane takes off. The plan was considered to be a horrible idea to get the diplomats out of Iran, and the CIA was considering to send the military to use force at the last moment, until the plan actually proved to be effective.