Munich (Widescreen Edition)
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The tragedy of the 1972 Olympics - the brutal kidnapping and murder of eleven Israeli athletes by masked Arab/Palestinian marauders - is brought to the screen with brave and gutsy realism by a brilliant script by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth based on George Jonas' book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, directed with straightforward, no-nonsense sensitivity to all participants by Steven Spielberg, and brought to life by a cast that simply could not be finer. From the opening of the film sans credits with the Black September act of breaking into the Olympic games in Munich, the film moves swiftly through the formation of an anti-terrorist league of Israeli assassins whose job it is to hunt down the killers and murder them, to the final painfully unsettled end. This is all under the instruction and guidance of Golda Meir (brilliantly played by Lynn Cohen) and her advisors.Read more ›
Young Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) is given a task to eliminate the members of "Black September" terrorist organization with the help of a group of fellow agents. And that's what they do during two hours and a half of the screen time - locating and killing Palestinian terrorists one by one. "Munich" could become one of the many political thrillers about confrontation of different countries' intelligence services. It could raise some serious questions of historical importance and be overly-political. But Spielberg did an amazing thing with this global story - he transferred it to the personal level. So this story turned out to be not about countries, governments and intelligence services but about ordinary men. A country's vengeance was laid upon one man's shoulders, and that's how we see it - through his eyes. Along with him we will question the righteousness of his task, we will doubt, we'll see how a revenge appears to be ineffective and reasonless (as it always happens) especially if it's a revenge in a global scale: terrorism is like hydra - you cut one head off and two more emerge in it's place.Read more ›
But Spielberg was after something different, a film that is not only a tense thriller, but also explores more fully dimensional characters and what the effects of this type of violence has on the participants. Going beyond a simple revenge plot shoot-em-up required courage and I applaud that. But delving deeper has the result of making more obvious the strengths and weaknesses of such an exercise.
Surely it is no stretch of the imagination to believe that the men carrying out such a mission, which by its nature must be cold-blooded, would be affected by their actions over time. They are being good soldiers, true, but this is off the battlefield, and by definition does not allow passion and fervor to rule. Believing or even knowing your actions are righteous, to carry out executions in the form of calculated murder would wear on any men, lest they be monsters.
The greatest strength of the film is in depicting the difficulty faced by some of the team in doing close-up, face-to-face killing. Spielberg shows us the nasty, brutal horror of violent death, even when "deserved". There are no Rambo-like happy explosions or shootings. Human beings are being killed, and even if they are bad and guilty of their own heinous crimes, their deaths aren't pretty.Read more ›
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Although this is a movie adaption of Based on the book Vengeance and more closely the movie Sword of Gideon (1986) by George Jonas describing part "Operation Wrath of God"... Read morePublished 1 day ago by SharpFocus Photo
The excessive sexual situations took away from this movie. Very disappointed. Threw the movie away after I watched it.Published 3 days ago by Donald Bice
Speilberg has made a career out of distorting history and misleading the public. This film is in accord with SCHINDLER'S LIST and LINCOLN for it's false depiction of events and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Froelich
STEPHEN SPIELBERG HAS ADAPTED THE STORY OF THE KILLING OF ISRAELI ATHLETES AT THE SITE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN MUNICH TO MAKE AN EXCELLENT FILM WHICH GRABS THE ATTENTION OF THE... Read morePublished 2 months ago by CHRISTINA HIGGINS
good movie but not as much suspense as I had expected for a thriller like this.Published 3 months ago by PROFXM27
I remember the Munich massacre when it happened back in '72, and I had heard of the assassination team that was sent out to even the score. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. R. Neumiller
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|This Version Is no good!||
an uncut version. What the hell are you talking about?
Oct 5, 2006 by Tyler | See all 2 posts
|Confused about the ending||
I took it to mean that They were now in 2 different worlds. Avner could not or would not go back into Ephraims and Ephraim knew that he himself was in his world for life. And if he were to step out of it into a setting of love and warmth such as that of Avners home he might suddenly be besieged... Read More
Feb 2, 2009 by Me | See all 2 posts
|Will you Break Bread With me?... No.||
Well, there might have been some much deeper meaning, I'm not a film critic, however I think the point was that his case officer was not his friend or buddy. He wasn't an enemy of course, I don't mean this in some kind of sinister or evil way, just that his only concern was how best to serve... Read More
Mar 8, 2007 by John | See all 3 posts
|What happened to the 2-disc version?||
I guess it's like Cinderella Man and Jarhead, both Collector's Edition were fairly limited and I had to get my friend to buy it for me from BestBuy local shop, simply because I wasn't aware that they would run out so soon.
Now that I know, I luckily pre-ordered Munich on Sunday morning (UK... Read More
May 8, 2006 by BoBoi | See all 14 posts
I'm not buying it until they do.
Apr 15, 2012 by whitegumby | See all 3 posts
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