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It was the second week of the Summer Olympics, and in Munich, West Germany, the games were off to a rousing start. Suddenly, without warning, an extremist Palestinian group invaded the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli Olympic team and capturing nine as hostages. The tense stand-off and tragic massacre that ensued played out with stunning immediacy on television before an international populace.
Thriller - This is a very dark, very cold, very serious, and very long drama.
Those looking for something more warm and fuzzy like most of Steven
Spielberg's work may be taken aback by the brutal violence, sexual
content, and all around dark and mature atmosphere.
PROFANITY: 17 F-words, 9 S-words, 2 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Very bloody shootings/killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Explosions, a shootout. COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Excellent Munich is an eye-opener - a motion picture that asks difficult questions, presents well-developed characters, and keeps us white-knuckled throughout. It is the best film of 2005.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent As a thriller, 'Munich' is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting. And its questions are not only for Israel but for any nation that believes it must compromise its values to defend them.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 120 moviegoers: These are decent opinions but not great. Between half and three-quarters enjoyed "Munich" very much, rating it "Very Good," or higher. However, I noticed that the "Fantastic" opinions are few and the "Good" and lower opinions are quite a few. This indicates that most feel "Munich" is an enjoyable movie, but nothing special.
The negative comments moviegoers gave was that it was long and slow and violent. Also, the sexual scenes weren't needed. The positive comments were that it was very realistic and interesting. So, if you enjoy detailed, factual dramas that move a little slow and don't mind the graphic violence and sexual scenes then "Munich" is probably a good bet for you.
In September of 1972 an unprecedented terrorist attack unfolded live before 900 million television viewers across the globe and ushered in a brave new world of unpredictable violence.
It was the second week of the Summer Olympics, and in Munich, West Germany, the games that had been dubbed "The Olympics of Peace and Joy” were off to a rousing start with swimmer Mark Spitz and gymnast Olga Korbut wowing the crowds. Suddenly, without warning, an extremist Palestinian group known as Black September invaded the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli Olympic team and capturing nine as hostages. The tense stand-off and tragic massacre that ensued played out with stunning immediacy on television before an international populace and ended 21 hours later when anchorman Jim McKay spoke the haunting words, "They're all gone.”
While the Munich terror was seen and felt around the world, the intensely secret aftermath of the event has remained largely unknown.
Based on the events of Munich 1972 and the highly charged mission of retribution that followed—by the covert hit squad known to Israeli intelligence as "Operation Wrath of God,” one of the boldest and most aggressive assassination plots in modern history. In taut, vivid and human detail, the film takes audiences into a hidden moment in history that resonates with many of the same emotions in our lives today.
At the center of the story is the young Israeli patriot and intelligence officer Avner (ERIC BANA). Still mourning the Munich massacre and infuriated by its savagery, Avner is approached by a Mossad officer named Ephraim (GEOFFREY RUSH) who presents him with an unprecedented mission in Israeli history. He asks Avner to leave behind his pregnant wife,
relinquish his identity and go completely underground on a mission to hunt down and kill the 11 men accused by Israeli intelligence of masterminding the murders at Munich.
Despite his youth and inexperience, Avner soon becomes the leader of a team of four very diverse yet highly skilled recruits: the brash, tough, South African-born getaway driver, Steve (DANIEL CRAIG); the German Jew Hans (HANNS ZISCHLER), who has a flair for forging documents; the Belgian toymaker-turned-explosives-expert, Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz); and the quiet, methodical Carl (CIARAN HINDS), whose job is to "clean up” after the others.
From Geneva to Frankfurt, Rome, Paris, Cyprus, London and Beirut, Avner and his team circle the globe under a cloak of extreme secrecy, tracking down each man on a closely guarded list of targets and carrying out intricately plotted assassinations, one by one. Working outside the rubric of international law, adrift without home or family, their only connection to humanity becomes one another. But even that starts to fray as the four men begin to argue among themselves about the unsettling questions that just won't go away: "Who exactly are we killing? Can it be justified? Will it stop the terror?”
Torn between their desire for justice and their own growing doubts, the mission begins to tear at the souls of Avner and his team, and it becomes increasingly clear that the longer they remain on the hunt, the more they are in danger of becoming the hunted.