One of the many happy miracles of Ben Affleck’s career renaissance as a director is his ability to make modest-budget, character-driven dramatic thrillers — you know, the kind we keep hearing Hollywood doesn’t make anymore. With his latest, Argo, Affleck’s taken a big step beyond the gritty, contemporary Boston setting of his previous two films, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, and cast himself in the kind of story that, had it been fiction, you wouldn’t have believed it.

In the movie, Affleck is part of a real-life CIA team tasked with rescuing six U.S. officials trapped in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. The solution? Convincing Iranian officials that they were all part of a film crew scouting locations for a (fake) feature film. Check out the trailer below:

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