Munich

Munich

DVD - 2006
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It's the 1972 Olympics and PLO terrorists have just kidnapped and murdered 11 Israeli athletes. After the tragic incident is over and several of the terrorists have gone free, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner to lead a team of undercover agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one-by-one. It is physically and emotionally messy work, and conflicts between Avner and his team's handler, Ephraim, over information Avner doesn't want to provide only make things harder. Soon the work starts to take its toll on Avner, especially as it becomes clear that Avner is being hunted in return, and that his family's safety may be in jeopardy.

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bhg0010
May 27, 2018

The filmmakers had a complex, difficult task ahead of them, aiming to portray the Munich massacre itself in brutal detail as well as the assassination campaign mounted afterwards to kill the terrorist leaders responsible. Unfortunately, the finished product is an incoherent mess. The moral question of paying violence unto violence gets explored in depth within interesting scenes yet then gets dropped for additional, muddled moments. The James Bond esque intrigue that's in the film looks exhilarating enough, but the timeline of events get mixed up pretty quickly, especially with the baffling decision to include flashbacks to the massacre in the later story-line. The ending, in particular, feels infuriating.

Merely taking real events as a springboard for a fictional story is defensible enough, but the amount of obfuscation in the movie gets frustrating. The real-life counter-terrorist personnel faced different ethical challenges and wound up accidentally killing an innocent bystander, something bizarrely not even mentioned. In the end, the movie is a mediocre release when it could've been superb.

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Reading_Right
Mar 04, 2018

Shame on you Spielberg. But then, no surprise.
In a nutshell, here's the important point: Save for the few facts (innocent athletes were killed <tortured, murdered> in Munich, Golda ordered the assassination of the perpetrators <duh>, 9 of the 11 involved were killed later <they should have all been killed in Munich; it was even more of a travesty that they ALL got away after killing all the athletes they had kidnapped>), which Spielberg admits himself, the story is made up! Phrases (on the film itself!) which say "BASED on true events/facts" and "INSPIRED by real events", mean just that: The fictional depiction constructed in this film, which you are about to watch, is MADE UP! And how amazing, that one of the most clear cut cases of unsubstantiated outrageous behavior by the animals that did that in Munich (don't take my word for it; go watch all the actual events from 1972, and see how it unfolded from beginning to end), should give one pause to think that maybe the Israeli government went overboard. Really? Please. The German government is the one that exhibited outrageous behavior, but that was conveniently skipped over in the film. Aside from this, the film just isn't very good anyway. It gets bogged down, after starting out interestingly, but that's to be expected with all the unrealistic B.S. psychology the movie foists on it's main characters, in trying to deliver it's typical Follywood message. No surprise that many in the Masada have said the film was "out to lunch". (Ham & cheese on rye please. : )

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akirakato
Jan 30, 2018

Directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005 based on the book "Vengeance"---an account of about Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics, this American-Canadian historical drama depicts the violent, horrible and clandestine operation in length.
I don't like an eye-for-eye revenge scheme.
Most people don't like too much violence.
No wonder, this flick is one of Spielberg's lowest-grossing films.

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reginator_22
Jan 29, 2018

Great movie.

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richibi
Jan 22, 2018

a historical terrorist atrocity is given over for resolution to, essentially, James Bond, it seems, who's got a family, however, which complicates things, but only somewhat - this movie seems a desecration of, rather than a tribute to the athletes who died in Munich, though the production values are, of course, throughout, excellent

A good but not great film loosely based on true events (it takes many liberties with the truth and omits a lot of uncomfortable and inconvenient aspects of the story). It moves slowly and jumps around all over the map. You rarely know where they are. Also, the timeline of assassinations is not made clear until very late in the film. Lastly, the ending was a confusing mess and, ultimately, a letdown.

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RescueDog
Jun 12, 2017

The DVD includes a short introduction by Steven Spielberg. Do watch this before watching the movie! He explains why he chose to make this film as well as what is fact & what is fiction.

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patch666
Mar 21, 2017

One of Spielbergs best recent films. Great acting ,cinematography and music. Explores the moral and ethical complexities Spielberg usually avoids. There is no fluff or happy endings here. Just death nd revenge and the weight it burdens us with.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

Compelling for a half-hour and dull as dirt the rest of the time, MUNICH is one of Spielberg's lesser films, reaching too far, so far that it ends up falling, toppling forward to land flat on its face. The story is interesting and tragic, the actual details of what happened back in 1972 and the acts of retaliation that ensued, but the film that we ended up with didn't capture any of that spark. Cut in half, MUNICH could have been a thrill ride with an important historical lesson to boot, smart and moving and mesmerizing as good films are, but sadly, what we're left with was a bonafide snore-fest. I don't recommend MUNICH.

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taviwan
May 17, 2016

I personally love watching movies based on true stories, to understand nations, behavior, and consequences. This is another good one.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

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Jun 17, 2008

Violence: Many people are shot or bombed and killed.

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reginator_22
Jan 29, 2018

Robert: We are supposed to be righteous. That's a beautiful thing. And we're losing it. If I lose that, that's everything. That's my soul.

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