Most people know the outcome of this political thriller that is set during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Maybe that was the reason the film fails to draw the viewer in, in spite of a good cast and fine script. Ben Affleck who in my book is a slightly underrated director continues to be crisp, but his choice of topic proves to be undoing. As Tony Mendez goes through the complicated setup to get the US diplomats out of Iran, you strain to get excited and become part of this caper only to be left only with the pain of straining.
Rating: * *