"Munich" is a beautiful, haunting and frightening film about love, war, family, loyalty, duplicity, politics, murder and terrorism.
Although similar in feel to Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" with subplots of vengeance, Steven Spielberg's "Munich" has its foundation in vengeance. The impact is unexpected, yet, if Spielberg has some message about Israel, Palestine, America or morality, it is neither simple nor mundane.
The story purports that a team was secretly recruited by Israel to retaliate and kill those who killed the Israeli Olympians in Munich, Germany, in 1972. Led (and exquisitely acted) by Eric Bana, the team's mission alters them from loyalty and idealism, for most, to something different. In one of many similar juxtapositions, Spielberg has the Palestinian killing-team quickly and furtively change clothes, outside, in the dark, to commit murder. Later on, Bana's killer team does the very same thing.
"Munich" is intellectually sophisticated, with the edges of what is right and wrong fairly ragged. Scary are the ordinariness and mistakes the Israeli team makes. It could have been named "Carnage for Cash." The keystone, cash, comes from America.
"Munich" is what every serious movie maker should aim for: entertainment; enlightenment; discussion; and if politically-themed, non-political. It is a film of consequence and importance.
-- Lynn Fischer Kryger, 68, Lakeland