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 ›
When Avner [ Bana] is hand picked by Golda Meier to hunt down the Palestinian masterminds behind the 1972 killing of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, he undertakes his mission enthusiastically though it will mean leaving his lovely young wife and baby behind for perhaps years. Of course, everything is off record and independent of Mossad, though he will be bankrolled and reporting to an intermediary.
With his team and a quirky French contact who supplies information about the locations of the Palestinians, he tracks them down one by one, eventually realizing it is not that easy to kill human beings-and even more shockingly that he has been sent to eliminate the Palestinian leadership --who were not necessarily involved in the Munich affair.
Fantastic recreations of the 1970's in European settings, and a marvelous accidental confrontation with Palestinian guerrillas which leads Avner to question some of his most cherished suppositions make this a mature Spielberg production-though not quite in the same league as Schindler's List.
If you don't mind slow pacing and are interested in moral/ethical issues more than chases and shoot-outs, this is a good choice.
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Solid film. Tough to take. Too much death, yet this was true of the time. Sinister and compelling.Published 5 days ago by Jon Mullican
Excellent film not only covering the aftermath of this horrendous attack, but it depicts the actuality of it to boot. Excellent, excellent film.Published 8 days ago by John K. Schwarz
Isolated scenes of violence. The movie doesn't say that the killings were all in retaliation for the Munich massacre, and that their targets were the actual perpetrators of the. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dr. John G. Sebestyen
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