DVD review: Argo

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The Independent Culture

In Ben Affleck's true-life thriller, a CIA agent plans to whisk six American diplomats out of Iran in 1980 by claiming that they're a film crew scouting locations for a sci-fi movie.

Argo may have won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, but it never quite makes the jump from intriguing anecdote to gripping narrative. And the most nailbiting sequences are as patently fictitious as that fake sci-fi film.