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Munich

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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Format: PAL, .mde
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, Icelandic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O8UY4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steven Spielberg directs this tense and controversial thriller, following the actions of a team of Mossad agents dispatched by the Israeli government to seek revenge against the Palestinian terrorist organisation that funded and carried out the assassinat

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One of Spielberg's major films and to me one of the best political ones ever made. Definitely the best about Arabs-Jews conflict. Spielberg has the guts to take a quite shocking episode and the book inspired by that without diminishing its power and strong focus on such a complicated and dramatic topic. Although being Jewish and making this film in America, he's surprisingly balanced and even quite rigid toward Israeli's politics and attitude. Basically he gives all the reasons behind the two sides, and still underlines how that of Israeli can't be based on mere revenge, since it fires up a more violent response from the other side, and so on, creating an infinite spiral and chain of violence. All in the film conspire to create this tragic, heavy, almost inevitable sense of dark destiny. The photography in the political office where Golda Meir and other officers discuss about the plan is quite unsettling, and so it is also up to the end of the movie. It's a fine, intelligent and uncommon way of telling a story like that. And the ending, set in front of Twin Towers (digitally placed where they used to be) is not just a coincidence....
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2009
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As other reviewers have said, this is a profound and engaging film that appeals to both your head and heart. I won't repeat the plot, but it does a fine job of making both the Israelis and their targets human, fallible and empathetic. And in this lies the true tragedy of the middle east: that a man who can spent his time translating the Arabian Nights into Italian can also be a 'terrorist'.

In lots of ways I found this a difficult film to watch and that's as it should be. The violence, when it comes, is always profoundly shocking, as is the human cost. The deterioration of the moral sense is captured perfectly. But beyond all, the final question that the film poses is what should we do? Does condoning violence only serve to exacerbate it? If retribution only does the same then where are we to turn?

It reminded me in some ways of Sophocles' dramas, particularly Antigone where there is no right or wrong solution, only people caught up in impossible situations where the end-point is always death. And yet the very humanity in the struggle to negotiate the moral maze is itself hopeful and I think that's where Spielberg succeeds in leaving this film. So overall a very intense experience but one very worthwhile.
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It's thought provoking, it's balanced and director Stephen Spielberg doesn't waste anytime getting to the heart of the issues or the action. Munich works on a number of levels as an audacious political statement, a tense thriller, and an inspiringly brutal look at two peoples forever caught up in a cycle of violence, constantly drowning in a sea of their own blood.

It's a bleak vision and Spielberg carries it off beautifully, providing us with a clipped and tight back-story, where the Palestinian terrorists invade the Olympic village in Munich, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking another nine as hostages.

The Israeli response is swift and fast with Prime Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) authorizing a top-secret assassination campaign which will carried out by the security agency Mossad, aimed at wiping out those who had planned the attack. It is left to the hunky Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) to emotionally and strategically shoulder most of the burden.

The team is a seemingly innocuous and innocent mix. Daniel Craig's Steve is the group's impulsive hard-liner, a strapping Israeli itching for reprisal, often clashing with Ciaran Hinds' Carl, the cleanup man. There's a sweet-faced bomb expert named Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), and a thoughtful muscleman (Hanns Zischler).

As Avner cooks dinner, they all get to know one another, hashing out the fine details and the boarder implications for themselves and for the Jewish state. And so the methodological killing begins, yet as Munich progresses, what remains of certainty vanishes, replaced by a thousand conflicting agendas.
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Strong performances by the entire cast and I think casting Eric Bana as the main character was pure genius. Just looking at the external character without even looking on the inside it is sad to watch something so beautiful become so distorted and ugly. A dark, disturbing story about a time that I was to young to remember. I never want to see this film again as I found it so harrowing. War is an ugly business but when fuelled by revenge it destroys so many lives that you begin to question whether it is worth it; using religion to support your behaviour is sad and disturbing, which I feel is the lesson here: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth will only leave this us eyeless and toothless. I would ask everyone to see this film because despite its dark historical story it is very applicable to the times we live in today.
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Having read the review by Ben Stewart stating that this DVD omits the violence that took place at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and then took the DVD off after watching it for 5 minutes, I can only advise Mr. Stewart to watch it again and stay with it for the full two and three quarter hours. Truly this is an absorbing thriller inspired by real events. It is also Steven Spielberg's finest film since "Schindler's List."

To those who accuse Spielberg of displaying unfair bias, I can only assume they haven't really understood the thrust of the story. Every story must have a viewpoint and Spielberg has told this story from the viewpoint of the "hit squad" assigned to

kill those responsible for the Munich massacre and the effect it has on their private lives. In this, he has succeeded magnificently.

The film, intelligently scripted, expertly directed and well acted, contains some of the most suspenseful sequences ever staged. But it's not purely an action film. It manages to cover the differing aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and finds fault on both sides. It also points to the profiteering that is so much a part of the business of assasination. It shows that even the most dedicated paid killers can have conscience qualms. I have never before seen a film that deals with these issues so touchingly and so brilliantly. Quite simply, this is a masterpiece that stands up to repeated viewings. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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