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Munich (2005)

  Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: George Jonas, Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler
Links: Munich on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Book
Genre: Based on True Story

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"The day after One Day in September" - a review by pearly

Munich is Steven Spielberg's latest film telling of an historical event. Contrary to my belief on going into the film, the film does not centre around the telling of the events of the day that terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Rather, it quickly explains these events at the beginning and then goes into detail about what happened next.

And what did happen next? We see five men, with ringleader Avner (Eric Bana), hired to assassinate the men responsible for the kidnapping and murders of the athletes.

The issues surrounding these events are extremely politically complex, and trying to put it into the form of informative entertainment as Spielberg has done here is a really big call. I've seen the documentary film One Day In September (2000), and it is, in many ways, a superior film. It doesn't badge itself as anything other than what it is, and it does a better job of not overwhelming the viewer with the facts (or someone's opinion of the facts).

Munich is quite an interesting film, and has many of the types of things which make a film great. Unfortunately, for me, when you put it all together, it doesn't add up to a truly great film.

The main problem that I have with Munich is the same problem I've had with many of Spielberg's films: it's just too long (ahem, A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), ahem). I was pretty enthralled for the first half, and I began to notice many of Spielberg's clever camera tricks and the way that the editing tied everything together nicely (perhaps it's not such a good thing that I specifically noticed these things, as they should be utilised in a non-obtrusive manner, but I was noticing them as being pretty neat, so I guess that's okay). These are the kinds of things that make Spielberg a great director. But anything that Spielberg has to say in two and three quarter hours could quite easily be said in two or less. Longer isn't necessarily better, people!

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 30 Mar 2006

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