My favourite Spielberg, which is not saying much as I am not keen on his work at all usually. Delivers well if seen as a reflection on moral/social postures (nihilist, nationalist, moralist, ...). "A thousand year of persecution does not make you a good man" was pretty striking and an well required comeback to relativism. As a film object, it has a bit of everything, action, romance, politics; none very convincingly.
Une oeuvre solide, sous forme de thriller géopolitique, qui dépasse son propos premier (une parfaite réplique "oeil pour oeil, dent pour dent" de la radicale prise d'otages de Munich) pour affirmer un pénible constat nauséeux, la violence amène à une indispensable terreur justifiable et justifiée... www.cinefiches.com
Powerful and tense thriller. Spielberg is on form here, keeping the sentimentality to a low while maintaining a rigorous attention to detail. For me the only real flaw was the pacing, which for me piled on the set pieces too quickly, without allowing enough natural pause between to let the action and drama fully sink in. For the heavy subject matter and complex plot it needed this. Otherwise a wholly engaging film.
***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.
Great looking film with numerous brilliant scenes. Spielberg manages to keep the usual sentimentality out, which is, I think, quite an achievement. However, the whole thing is a collection of set pieces and situations that are somehow familiar from Costa-Gavras' movies and a dozen other films like 'Day of the Jackal'. Not so much a political film, but the work of a diligent student.