Though you would think that this movie would be simply exceptional, I thought that Spielberg didn’t do that well with it. I’m not saying it wasn’t a good movie, but that an hour could have been cut out of it and it would have been the same, nay, better. That was the problem with this movie: The 164 minute runtime. Though Spielberg is famous for the long and great films of World War II (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan), this film just isn’t action-packed enough in a war sense to be THAT interesting. I watched this movie twice, and both times I fell asleep. But it had good aspects, and would have been and could have been great.

Avner (Eric Bana) is working for Israel to assassinate all of the members involved in Black September at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, where Palestinian supremacists took the Israeli team hostage for the release of some Palestinian criminals of war. All of the members of the Israeli team died, and the path to revenge lies in the hands of Avner and his group of deeply dedicated people.

The best aspect of this film was the acting, along with Spielberg’s great direction. Though this is a plus, the same thing is a minus, because with a Spielberg film, it takes him longer to express the situation.

Bottom Line: C. Not great, but not too bad. It was far too long.

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