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Munich (DVD) Review

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Nominated for five Academy Awards,
including Best Picture, Munich is u
ndoubtedly director Steven Spielber
g’s best work since Band of Brother
s (2001). At 2 hours and 44 minutes
, the film moves along at a surpris
ingly quick pace. Spielberg makes a
dequate use of the time, providing
added depth to the characters and i
llustrating the changes each undert
akes in the course of his mission.

Writers Tony Kushner and Eric Roth,
 the latter of whom is best known f
or Forrest Gump (1994)...


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Nominated for five Academy Awards,
including Best Picture, Munich is u
ndoubtedly director Steven Spielber
g’s best work since Band of Brother
s (2001). At 2 hours and 44 minutes
, the film moves along at a surpris
ingly quick pace. Spielberg makes a
dequate use of the time, providing
added depth to the characters and i
llustrating the changes each undert
akes in the course of his mission.

Writers Tony Kushner and Eric Roth,
 the latter of whom is best known f
or Forrest Gump (1994), team well t
ogether in producing a splendid scr
eenplay. The characters are well-ro
unded and the dialogue well-constru
cted. Instead of aiming for zinging
 one-liners or melodramatic sound-b
ites, Kushner and Roth craft the fi
lm’s dialogue to mark the pace of t
he of story, illustrate character m
otivations, and make subtle but not
 overblown commentary on the Israel
i-Palestinian conflict. Overall, it
 makes for an enjoyable and worthwh
ile movie experience.

Munich chronicles the historical ev
ents of the 1972 Olympic Games in M
unich, Germany in which a Palestini
an terrorist group known as Black S
eptember storms the Olympic Village
. While the entire world watches, 1
1 of the terrorists evade capture a
fter murdering 12 Israeli hostages.
 Torn between calls for peace and v
engeance, Israeli Prime Minister Go
lda Meir (Lynn Cohen) orders Mossad
 to form a secret unit of assassins
 to hunt down and eliminate the per
petrators.

Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) is t
asked with heading a team of five i
ndividuals composed of himself and
four others known only as Steve (Da
niel Craig), Carl (Ciaram Hinds), R
obert (Mathieu Kassovitz), and Hans
 (Hanns Zischler). Each man is chos
en for the unique skill set he brin
gs to the table, and the group is l
eft to its own devices when it come
s to locating and killing the 11 te
rrorists who are scattered througho
ut Continental Europe. Methodically
, they carry out the mission. But a
s they eliminate their enemies one-
by-one, each man must grapple with
the transformative influence such a
 job has on his perception of life,
 family, and country.
Munich is a superb film which perfo
rms well in exploring the common th
eme of black versus white and the g
ray areas in between. Given the wid
e range of differing accents, it’s
sometimes difficult to understand t
he characters, but this becomes a s
trength because it heightens viewer
 senses and breathes life into the
story. Much like The Passion Of The
 Christ, the use of subtitles and v
arious accents doesn’t detract from
 the film, but instead helps transf
orm it in a production seemingly mo
re worthy of serious attention than
 an alternative cartoon-like, James
 Bond rendition. As such, Munich do
esn’t spell things out for the audi
ence like a typical Hollywood block
buster. No dates or geographical lo
cations appear onscreen, and charac
ter dialogue doesn’t insult the vie
wer by recounting historical events
. To better understand what’s happe
ning, it helps to know the history
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Overall, Munich is a solid film. It
 does an excellent job of portrayin
g the conflicts between Arab/Israel
i and Muslim/Jew without rationaliz
ing or portraying either side as to
tally good or totally evil. Instead
, the two sides are seen as fellow
human beings, each longing for esse
ntially the same human desires for
peace, love of family, and identity
 with a homeland. Unfortunately, th
ese desires are attainable only in
the context of the other side’s defeat.

				
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