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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Munich Reply with quote

I remember wondering how Munich, a film based on the murder of the Israeli athletes in the 1972 Olympics, would have enough material to base an entire film on. And then I picked up the DVD case and read what the film was really about (something the trailers for this film failed to convey): the activities of a secret squad of Israeli soldiers who would bring the killers to justice. Instantly, the film sounded much more interesting.

Unfortunately, the film becomes more and more confusing as it progresses. Even more unfortunately, the film takes its own sweet time to get anywhere. It's slow. Real slow. And the fact that it's based in the most loathsome of eras - the 70s - doesn't help either.

To be honest, I did find myself drawn in by the dichotomy introduced by men of the Jewish faith compelled to perform actions contradictory to their faith. Yet, as each death occurs, it becomes easier and easier for most of them, though not without consequence. Paranoid behavior that the men had scoffed at earlier in the film becomes part of their new lives. Enemies are everywhere. But they won't stop - not until they've completed their mission.

You will discover that this film isn't actually about the murders of the Israeli athletes or even about the violent reaction to those deaths - it's about the men who descend into madness as they seek to teach the Palestinian terrorists, or other Arab foes, the folly of attacking Israeli interests. Or maybe it's about the futility of pursuing this course of action as each act of violence against the responsible Palestinians is answered with even more egregious violence. So what's the point?

There probably is no point. But that won't stop any nation from repeating this cycle of violence endlessly.

Eric Bana (Bruce Banner from the fairly-recent Incredible Hulk movie) plays the leader of the Israeli hit squad very well. The other characters are less charismatic and less memorable. One memorable scene places Bana's character im the way of temptation by a woman in a bar (played by Marie-Josée Croze>). Surprisingly, his character manages to overcome the temptation (a temptation one of his weaker compatriots gladly succumbs to), though it is not without regret.
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