Munich is a 2005 American-Canadian historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government’s secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. The film was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth.
Based on the book Vengeance about Yuval Aviv, who states he was a Mossad agent, Munich follows a squad of assassins as they track down and kill alleged members of the group Black September, which had kidnapped and murdered eleven Israeli athletes.
Shot in Malta, Budapest, Paris and New York City, Munich was a critical success but is also one of Spielberg’s lowest-grossing films. It garnered positive reviews and five Academy Awards nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Spielberg), Best Adapted Screenplay (Kushner and Roth), Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn) and Best Original Score (John Williams). Its worldwide box office gross was $130,358,911.
In years where Spielberg directed two films in the same year, there’s always a mixed bag of years, 1993 is probably the only good year where Spielberg directed two great films in Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List while 1989 had the good Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade and the meh Always and 1997 has The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad, both films were pretty bad. And 2005 had War Of The Worlds, which was meh, and this, which is fantastic.
I really dug the hell out of Munich when I first saw it, I think that Steven Spielberg did an incredible job creating a visually stunning world and directing a well written story by Tony Kushner boosted by a cast featuring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, and Geoffrey Rush.
Much like what he did with Schindler’s List, Munich is not afraid to go for a more heavier storyline and not afraid to give us the cold hard truth of how rough it was for these people and the obstacles they had to face. It’s a well-acted, well-directed, well-written film that’s one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest triumphs.