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"Death Hath Murdered Sleep"

  • May 22, 2006
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+5
Steven Spielburgh's "Munich" is a fearless classic. He takes the 1972 Olympic slayings of innocent Israeli athletes and recreates the ordeal in all its horrifying detail. We get some of the footage from ABC's "Wide World of Sports" to create authenticity, but the reinactment has all the immediacy and horror of "Schindler's List" and more. After the outrage, one of Golda Meier's trusted bodyguards (Eric Bana) is summoned to join a team of assassins meant to seek vengeance on the perpetrators. The vast majority of the movie focuses on the complexity, the obsession, and the miscalculations that come from this type of counter-terrorism. The missteps are harrowing. The most touching scene is when they are set to bomb an assassin at his residence, but they immediately need to stop it when his adorable little daughter unexpectedly reappears.

There has been much commentary made about the agenda of this movie. Despite any stance, Spielburgh has made a relevant movie, a true movie, at a crucial time. The movie questions the premise of festering violence and its consequences. It does so through the dialogue without preaching, but mainly through the action which is often horrifying and brimming with suspense. There are two matching scenes, one at the beginning and one at the end, where the maverick protagonist has an intimate scene with his wife. It doesn't really give away too much of the movie, but it frames the theme of the film. He has become a hero to his people for requiting the crimes of the extremists, but it illustrates that he has done so at a high personal price.

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At its core,Munichis a straightforward thriller. Based on the bookVengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Teamby George Jonas, it’s built on a relatively stock movie premise, the revenge plot: innocent people are killed, the bad guys got away with it, and someone has to make them pay. But director Steven Spielberg uses that as a starting point to delve into complex ethical questions about the cyclic nature of revenge and the moral price of violence. The movie starts with a rush. The opening portrays the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes by PLO terrorists at the 1972 Olympics with scenes as heart-stopping and terrifying as the best of any horror movie. After the tragic incident is over and several of the terrorists have gone free, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner (Eric Bana) to lead a team of paid-off-the-book agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one-by-one (in reality, there were several teams). It’s physically and emotionally messy work, and conflicts between Avner and his team’s handler, Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush), over information Avner doesn’t want to provide only make things harder. Soon the work starts to take its toll on Avner, and the deeper moral questions of right and wrong come into play, especially as it becomes clear that Avner is being hunted in return, and that his family’s safety may be in jeopardy.

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