Just before 5 am on September 5, 1972, eight terrorist entered the rooms of the Israeli athletes in the Olympic village of Munich, Germany. The ensuing drama that unfolds in the movie Munich is suspenseful, and intriguing; the action is compelling, and sometimes heart-wrenching. The screenplay was adapted by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth from the book Vengeance written by George Jonas(Cohen). Producer Steven Spielberg describes it as “Israel’s covert response to Munich…that looks at the mechanics of assassination (Munich).” Munich was released just before Christmas (Dec 23) in 2005 and made around $47.4 million dollars at the box office (Cohen). After winning the DVD on eBay, I received it two weeks later and watched it around 8:30 pm that same night. I did not realize the movie was 163 minutes long until I noticed how late it was getting and it felt like I was only in the middle of the movie. Eric Bana stars in this movie as Avner Kaufman, the leader of a team of four other Mossad agents who have all committed their lives to Israel’s ultimate fight and cause. The now famous Daniel Craig (current James Bond) plays Steve, who is somewhat of the “bad-boy” of the group. Geoffrey Rush is Ephraim, the group’s case officer, and Ciaran Hands plays the analytic “good-guy” role of Carl.
The movie opens with a group of American athletes returning from a night out on the town, and they assist what they perceived to be a group of fellow Olympians out past their curfew (just like them), over the gate that barricaded the Olympic Village. They were all dressed in jumpsuits and had tote bags (like athletes), but, immediately after entering the village and parting ways with their unsuspecting accomplices, they placed their jumpsuits in the tote bags and pulled out their masks and machine guns. These were the eight members of the terrorist group Black September that would storm Building 31 and enter the rooms of the athletes chosen... [continues]
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