The true story of the Israeli agents who tracked down
and captured escaped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
Operation Finale (2018)
Directed by Chris Weitz
Written by Matthew Orton
Starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz,
Nick Kroll, Michael Aronov, Greg Hill, Joe Alwyn,
Haley Lu Richardson, Ohad Knoller, Torben Liebrecht
In the early 1960's, it was discovered that one of the Nazi high command had escaped justice and was living in secret in Buenos Aires. His name was Adolf Eichmann, and he was considered by many to be the mastermind behind the Holocaust itself. A team of Israeli agents tracked him down, captured him, and tried him for war crimes in a public court. He was found guilty and hanged, one of the few high-ranking Nazis to actually be tried and convicted by a Jewish court. Operation Finale tells the story of how these agents found and extracted Eichmann.
Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley are in top form as Mossad agent Peter Malkin and escaped Nazi Eichmann respectively. The two bring humanity to their roles, the former putting a face to the side of good and the latter playing a monster hiding in plain sight as an old man. The film is tense throughout with the third act being very reminiscent of Argo and Colonia. While there are a few loose ends that never get tied up (What happened to Eichmann's son? What happened to the blind man and his daughter?), the film is overall entertaining and informative about an important event in modern history.
Operation Finale is a fairly by-the-numbers biopic that tells a fascinating story and keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. It reminds us all that hatred is taught and Nazism is nothing to strive towards. They were monsters who were snuffed out, yet now they've had a minor comeback of sorts. It's films like this that consistently remind the world of the horrors and atrocities that the Nazis were responsible for. We must never forget their evils and more so, we must never allow them to be repeated.