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May 15, 2007

Munich 2005

Filed under: 5s, Drama, History, Movies, Non-Fiction, Spies, Suspense, Thriller — angelblush @ 1:30 am

Category: Movies

Genre: True Story

Director: STEVEN SPIELBERG

Rated: R – strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language.

Tagline: The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.

This is a story about what happened after the Black September *1972*. Israel’s Mossad retaliates by sending out five men (led by Avner) to kill those who murdered the 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.

Some said the movie is biased. I think not, because it actually does not side with anybody. How the Palestinians killed the Israelites was gory and inhumane and you would begin to wonder how people can do such a thing like that. But, when the Israelites retaliated… you wouldn’t even want to side with them because you would see how helpless those Palestinians were as they were about to be killed.

I’m a BIG SPIELBERG fan.. and I have to say this was one of the best movies he had. Very thrilling, although confusing at the beginning *I have to watch it twice*. I like the five different character, their first kill shows how inexperienced they were and not cut out as assassins but eventually they later got the hang of it. All 5 believed they were bringing their country honor. The terrorists were different as well and were not steoreotyped to a bunch of screaming lunatics.

As they kill the terrorists in their list one by one their convictions changes. At one point Avner, said “Don’t think – Just do it”… but later on he wanted more evidences that the people they are killing are really part of the Black September. And the 5 began to doubt each other’s involvement.

This also shows how an assassin can be paranoid when they are left alone. All of them knew that the blood would come back to get them one day. Avner spent many sleepless nights getting paranoid about a lot of things because somehow he knew one day they will come and get him like he did to them.

Awards:

Nominated in 5 Oscar Awards: Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

Nominated in 1 Eddie Award: Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic

Nominated in 1 International Award *Australian Film Institute* – Best Actor

Nominated in 2 BFCA Award – Best Director and Best Picture

Won 1 COFCA Award – Best Ensemble

and moreeee……

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1 Comment »

  1. In my humble opinion, Speilberg is now famous for presenting compelling films that ignore certain obvious questions. The real question in that film is, “What is Justice”? Of course it is difficult to mete justice without innocents being killed in the process. Historical revisionists do this with the bombing of Dresden during World War II in an effort to condemn, or at the very least, marginalize their motivations by constantly omitting the fact that 12 million Jews were being herded like cattle and systematically and horrifically eliminated in one of the world’s greatest mass genocides. It’s the truth of the story that positions the question “What is justice” in perspective and context that is missing when focusing on allied soldiers during Saving Private Ryan. From my point of view Munich, while beautifully filmed and acted, misses the pivotal convincing references to that historical context in which it is ultimately inextricably entwined, and that’s what makes the film biased to me. I liked it ALOT for its performances and his one of a kind cinematic genius, but I still found it biased, and because of that I found it to be a disservice.

    You write great posts, by the way. Insightful posts that show a wonderful degree of thoughtfulness. Thanks for entertaining my ideas as well!

    A picture I’d like to share.

    Comment by Jon — May 17, 2007 @ 1:17 pm


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