The true story of the five Israeli agents who were ordered to kill
the 11 Arab terrorists responsible for the Munich massacre.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth
Starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Amalric, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Michael Lonsdale, Ayelet Zurer
Based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli
Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score (John Williams)
Munich was a poignant, thrilling drama that showed the world how Israel dealt with the aftermath of the Munich massacre The film does an excellent job of conveying the ruthlessness and terror behind that fateful day, as well as the continued pursuit of the men responsible.
The film follows the five men who are sent to kill the Arab terrorists responsible for murdering eleven Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Eric Bana plays Avner Kaufman, the leader of the group, in what may just be the best performance of his career. He does a fantastic job of showing Avener's conflicting ideologies, particularly during the last half of the film. On top of that, the film is immensely tense, mostly due to the assassination of the second target. I don't want to spoil anything, but the scene is unforgettable.
My only gripe with the film is it's unnecessary length and lack of resolution. I would have liked to have seen the main goal of the mission get accomplished, especially considering that it actually happened in history. If the film had ended on that note, it would have been excellent. That being said, Munich is still a great film and remains a solid interpretation of the horrific Munich massacre.