***1/2. An eye for an eye. It's not morally defendable but so human. The most interesting characters are played by European actors : Kassovitz, Amalric and Lonsdale. Wait! by French actors because, if I I'm not mistaken, there aren't any American actors in this film. Almost highly recommended.
It makes some strange kind of sense that "Munich," a picture set during the early 70's, would be our best film about the War on Terror. Much like "Zero Dark Thirty," it follows a nation craving retaliation in the wake of a great tragedy; yet in an even more probing and in-depth way than that film, "Munich" tracks the empty catharsis and existential cost that follows such revenge - the slow dissolve of the soul.
It's probably one of the most subtle film by Spielberg and that should be seen in itself as an achievement but I was bored sometimes and I didn't really know where he wanted to go to... The sequence when the main character has sex with his wife and at the same time, you see a sequence with the hostages in the helicopters, it's really like too much and a bit ridiculous.
Spielberg's best "serious" film since Empire of the Sun. The reason it works is because the emphasis remains on the espionage; establishing characters with a clear goal and using the machinations of the plot to set up the more important political themes at the centre of the drama. Powerful stuff.
This film is sublimely crafted by Spielberg. I'd say it's easily one of his best films. Janujsz Kaminski did, in my opinion, some of his best work as DP, we see career best performances from Eric Bana & Daniel Craig and film is so suspenseful, so entertaining and so well written. I have no problem calling it one of my favourite films.
Emotionally and philosophically ambitious. While it might not provide the greatest argument it accurately poses the questions of Jewish identity and suggests rather than answers. The last panning shot of the film snuck up and sucker punched me.