At the Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and killed by the Palestinian group Black September. This film is based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, and is based on claims of a man that he was a Mossad agent who worked with a group to kill those involved in the events at Munich. As with any of these ‘based on real events’ type films, I have no idea what is real and what is fiction.
What I found particularly interesting in this film was the performance by Eric Bana as Avner, the leader of the group. He has levels of complexity that make this film far more a drama that an action romp. He is challenged by the task he has been given and about how to fulfil it, and has a strong moral code. It’s certainly not an easy film to watch, but for me, it is one of Spielberg’s better films. (Then again, I don’t like the family-friendly cheesiness of many of his works).
Munich was nominated for Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing (Steven Spielberg), Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures Original Score (John Williams)