Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson

(Film) Munich

I was lucky enough to see Munich today. I wanted to catch this film as soon as I heard about it as it's an event I studied briefly at school in my history classes dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Munich is based upon a true story of 11 Israeli athletes who were captured in the Olympic Village in Munich at the 1972 games held there. They were subsequently killed along with all bar two of their captors. The film focuses on an undercover Israeli clean-up squad that was formed to take out Arabs and Palestinians supposedly connected to the planning and financing of the Munich killings.

The film is pretty long (164 mins) but certainly held my interest throughout - but then it is my kind of film. A political thriller never goes too far wrong in my books :p The cast was generally very good and Eric Bana certainly impressed in the lead role of Avner (I was very dubious about Bana after seeing The Hulk). I also didn't realise at the time but the guy who plays Steve (the South African) is Daniel Craig who is our future James Bond and was also the lead in the brilliant Layer Cake. I still don't know what he'll be like as Bond though - guess we'll have to wait and see.

Anyway, Munich certainly deserves the Oscar nominations it's received. The story is gripping and the characaters and events are well portrayed, as are the ideological conflicts and other world events that are happening to both those involved and the world at large at that time. I won't say much more for now as hopefully many of you will actually catch the film too.

School Report: B+/A-
Tags: film review

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