Title: Munich (DVD) Review Word Count: 539 Summary: 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)... Keywords: munich dvd review Article Body: 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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