No time is wasted here on stuffy introduction; the film takes off in media res with the storming and subsequent hostage-taking at the US Embassy of Tehran from which six Americans manage to escape only to end up in hiding at the Canadian ambassador's home.
It is to extricate them from this predicament that Affleck's secret agent will set them up as a film crew and pull them out of the fire. (That fire being the 1979 Islamic Revolution).
Though Affleck's acting is as stilted as ever, his filmmaking is a lot more vibrant!
Everything looks and feels real - thick moustaches and big-rimmed glasses helping! - and knowing the outcome did not prevent me from gnawing my nails down.