After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? Written by
Munich (2005) is based on George Jonas' book "Vengeance". It purports to tell the true story of vengeance taken against the Black September terrorists using a supposed former Mossad agent named Yuval Aviv as Jonas' main source. The Israeli intelligence community has denied Aviv's claims, saying he is a fraud. Aviv counters this by saying that they would deny him anyway. See more »
The term "honey trap," which is used in the film, was first coined by John LeCarre in 1974 (publication of Tinker Tailor), so it's very unlikely (we don't have the exact time line of that incident in the movie, or indications of reading habits) that it would have been used. See more »
Another dip in the Spielberg pool and I come away drenched in emotion. I was a freshman in high school in Texas during the Munich games. I was stunned by the events and understood little.
Today, I am still stunned by Munich and every terrorist act that followed, but I understand so much more and grieve. Spielberg gives us a powerful glimpse into the meaning of home, family, honor, history, ethics, and faith. The movie is not about the Jews and Arabs. It's about human beings. It's about us.
The narrative is driven by our connection to Avner. We watch as Eric Bana opens himself up in a way that the likes of a George Clooney in Syriana only dreams of.
This is a must see.
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