Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Eric Bana,
Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz,
Michael Londsale, Lynn Cohen, Gila Amalgor
Released by: Universal Studios
Short: Eric Bana headlines this masterful
tale of the killings of eleven Israeli athletes
at the 1972 Olympics, and the cycle of retribution.
vs. Assassin vs. Assassin
Cycle of Retribution Continues
don’t think we know any agents of Mossad, the Israeli
secret police, but we wouldn’t peg Avner Kaufmann
for one. Baby faced and bright eyed, he’s a young
dad-to-be with a pretty wife and not a lick of the dour
or hard boiled.
Yet after Palestinian terrorists kidnap and murder eleven
Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972,
the Israeli command pegs Avner for a top assassin. They
outfit him with a new identity, a team of colleagues and
a bulging Swiss bank account, to rub out the Palestinian
at that time was a country still haunted by the Holocaust
(“Ambushed and slaughtered again,” laments
Prime Minister Golda Meir), and this time the young nation
is out to prove that killing Jews has its consequences.
Avner (Eric Bana, consistently riveting) and his team
(including Daniel Craig—the next James Bond—and
French actor Mathieu Kassovitz) shuttle between Paris
and Athens, Rome and London, hunting and killing with
precision and the knowledge that they are on the side
of right…or are they?
one killing justifies another—and so on—is
the central question that director Steven Spielberg (yes,
that Steven Spielberg) asks in this film, making it his
most complex and thought-provoking to date. Part of that
comes from the script, co-written by playwright Tony Kushner
("Angels in America"), never afraid to take
on controversy. In this world, no one is completely innocent
and trust is a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.
"Munich" is masterful filmmaking, as tense
as it is subtle and filled with astounding performances,
notably Michael Londsale as the leader of a ring of
information brokers, Lynn Cohen as Meir and Gila Amalgor
mother. It is also a film of great conscience in that
it raises more questions than it answers; if you are
like us, then "Munich" will sit with you for
days, probably uneasily.