Munich (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  

USA/Canada/France, 2005.  DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Barry Mendel Productions, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Peninsula Films.  Screenplay by , , based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Steven Spielberg, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Steven Spielberg’s most hard-edged film since Schindler’s List is this compelling, extremely well filmed recount of the events following the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A secret revenge squad is assembled by Golda Meier (an impressively accurate cameo by , better known as Magda on Sex And The City) to hunt down the men who planned the tragedy, with Mossad member  chosen to lead the team. Along with four others, specialists in one form of secret service or another, Bana goes around Europe carrying out assigned hits, but how long is it before the guilt of killing people to avenge murder starts to work against his soul? Bana’s character suffers the wrath of conscience, and begins to see that what he is doing is not cleansing sins but creating more chaos.  Spielberg has been the target of controversy for allowing the PLO-friendly side its fair side of the argument, and that is what is most exciting (and worthy of controversy) about this film: it tells us that two wrongs do not make a right and all the rest is just talk. The performances and cinematography are terrific, the dialogue by Tony Kushner is the film’s best asset, with the only drawback being the enormously weighty running time (almost three hours) that greatly overstays its welcome. The cast also includes a lovely bit by Canadian actress  and a brief appearance by the beautiful .

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score

Golden Globe Award NominationsBest Director (Steven Spielberg); Best Screenplay

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