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"The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.
"Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Spielberg may be out-of-touch with the masses in terms of entertainment today (WOTW) but when he sticks to serious topics, he carves out sensational fares like this one
Munich may just be Spielberg's greatest accomplishment ever and it
isn't a sweeping epic like you'd expect, but a patient psychological
thriller that sneaks up on you and takes you and shakes you. It not shy
away from blood, politics or nudity in its portrayal of events and this
makes it extremely intense, absorbing and occasionally very violent.
The first half of Münich is not altogether different from a heist
drama; a group of diverse men with different skills team up to
accomplish a mission. They get to travel across Europe, make deals,
infiltrate suspect facilities and manufacture explosive devices. Unlike
heist films, however, their mission is not for personal gain, but for
the government. They are to assassinate eleven Arabs who were alleged
to be behind terrorist attacks like Münich 1972. So the more accessible
part of the film sees Bana and his men botch their way through a
hit-list as inexperienced hit-men, fumbling and trembling with the
weight of this somber new task.
This part is so extraordinarily well-handled and engaging with a tone
so tense and shadowed by politics and ethical dilemmas that every
slight pause is mistaken for humour. It is also an excellent portrayal
of an era - the 1970s - with great eye for detail, all carefully sewn
together by a master tailor (Spielberg). It is a fantastic piece of
While Munich keeps you interested throughout, it gradually loses its
fresh thriller edge by opting for more typical scenarios. Eric Bana's
character goes through emotional struggles because he finds it too hard
to kill people. He thinks about his family--his wife has just had a
baby girl. He wonders if he is doing the right thing. He starts
sympathizing with the Arabs. He wonders if they killings will stop once
he has completed his mission. Everything is classic and you saw it
coming. It needs to be present in the film for a balanced portrayal but
the hackneyed formula with which it is expressed is disappointing. It
started so promising, after all.
Sadly, the culmination of this slightly hackneyed recipe manifests
itself in the final scene of the film and it is absolutely dreadful and
drags the whole film down by at least one star - but overall this is
superb quality that is carried by a strong ensemble cast (Geoffrey
Rush, Daniel Craig) although it is ultimately Bana's show. He captures
the inner turmoil and hesitation of his character in the most
believable way, making Munich into a worthwhile adventure for its
performances alone. But most importantly, it dares to asks questions.
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