01-07-2006, 01:27 AM
There's nothing to the story . . . not even an ending. The guy hunts down most of the Munich plotters, and then questions (kind of) whether the retribution solved anything . . . not much of a film.
I've read reviews saying "Syriana" is too complicated - hard to folow. Same with "Munich," only the exact opposite. Not complicated enough - too easy to follow.
ONE and ONE-HALF STARS (out of four)
Best part was unusually gripping visuals - explosions and gunshots, body parts, bleeding, etc... new Hollywood effects along those lines that I hadn't seen before.
01-07-2006, 01:49 AM
Thanks for the warning. I was debating whether to see this movie. It will be a rental for me, if even that...
01-07-2006, 10:05 AM
Syriana was complicared and I have to see the damn thing a 2nd time before I'll be sure if it was any good or not. There is a torture scene that bugged out me and the gal too.
Good Night And Good Luck was not as good as I thought it would be. It is great for footage of the rabid McCarthy though. Dude was hatefull.
01-07-2006, 11:39 AM
Depends on what you like in movies. The critical acclaim for this movie is widespread. Already nominated for 3 awards.
Awards (http://tinyurl.com/cp6fp): Nominated for 2 Golden Globes and Directors Guild of America, USA.
“Munich” should be given a shot at the gold at Oscar time. (http://tinyurl.com/a94cg)
A film of uncommon depth, intelligence, and sensitivity, Munich defies easy labeling. Watching the movie is like reading a top-notch espionage thriller by Le Carre or Deighton. Yet, at the same time, this is a visual experience. The moral and ethical elements, layered atop a story that is ripe with suspense, put to shame Hollywood's typical ventures into this genre. Munich is an eye-opener - a motion picture that asks difficult questions, presents well-developed characters, and keeps us white-knuckled throughout. It is the best film of 2005.
Spielberg saves the graphic sequence of the Munich slaughter for a climactic flashback, reminding us of a wrong that cannot be undone and of the self-perpetuating futility of vengeance. No easy answers, no happy ending, no hero who can lead by example. This is new territory for Spielberg, and he completes the journey with honor.
(Posted: Dec, 8 2005)
At crucial times in a nation’s history, its best friends may be its critics. Spielberg did not have to make “Munich,” but he needed to. With this film he has dramatically opened a wider dialogue, helping to make the inarguable into the debatable. As a thriller, “Munich” is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting. And its questions are not only for Israel but for any nation that believes it must compromise its values to defend them.