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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Great watch. One of the best movies I have seen this year so far. J Counsell.Published 1 month ago by Lincoln
violent and political in parts but domesticated Daniel craig does a passable south african accent who drives the getaway. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MISS ZOE PINDER