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Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, and Geoffery Rush
Steven Spielberg seems to be one of the hardest working directors today. Every other year he seems to be coming out with solid films. Last year it was War of the Worlds and Munich. One was a summer sci-fi popcorn flick and the other is a drama based on true and tragic events. Munich is among his best films.
In 1972 11 Israeli athletes were killed by a group of Black September terrorists. In retaliation a group of men are hired (but "don't exist") to assassinate 11 of the men who were responsible for the massacre. They drink and celebrate after their first successfuly kill but afterward they all become weary of what they are doing.
The film was much more graphic than I expected. Head shots that look like their straight out of a Romero film and bombs that turn the victim into a pile of blood and guts. This graphic imagery makes for an even deeper impact of what they are doing.
This film is a great character study. The group of assassins are no more than ordinary people that have varying views of what they are and should be doing. Bana's Avner would rather stay at home with his wife and newborn daughter but is falling into a state of madness and paranoia from the killing frenzy. Their is no satisfaction in the successful killings which is very important to the film.
The assassinations are not easily done either. Their are innocent bystanders that they must avoid which create some very tense scenes. Bana is great as usual. Craig is great and makes me look forward to his James Bond even more and Hines is very memorable as a straight-laced cleaner who is as great as he is as Julius Ceaser on HBO's Rome.
One of Spielbergs best since most of his films for the last few years have been pretty bland for me.
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