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Munich-Movie Review 07/13/2010

Posted by Films to consider in American, Based on true story, Israeli language film, Movies, Thriller.

Munich (American/Israeli) 2006

Among other awards:
Nominee, Best Picture; Best Director; Best Screenplay, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Director; Best Screenplay, Golden Globes
Best Actor (Eric Bana), Australian Film Institute

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based on the book Vengeance, by George Jonas.

The film follows a plan to take revenge for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Recruited to lead the five-man squad of assassins is former Golda Meir bodyguard Avner (played by Eric Bana), a young man dedicated to the cause of his Israeli homeland. After the squad carries out some successful executions, a couple of Avner’s own men get killed and one commits suicide. He becomes increasingly (and understandably) paranoid that he, his wife, and baby daughter are targets of the enemy.

I especially liked Bana’s performance as Avner tries to balance his desire for revenge with his increasingly emotional reactions to his assignment.

164 min. Rated R. Note: There is a lot of bloody violence and many explosions.



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