Those who will sit around wondering whether Munich is the work of an anti-Israeli or just a self-hating Jew -- which is to say, Steven Spielberg, who has been branded both by Israeli officials and newspaper columnists recently -- give the movie and its maker far too much credit. The story of how the Israeli government retaliated for the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games is less a treatise on the history of Middle East violence than an inert, overlong thriller that has more in common with Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven than Costa-Gavras' Z. As a thriller, it barely thrills; as a lecture, it has nothing at all new to say. That's especially true since the movie, written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, is a remake of the 1986 HBO movie Sword of Gideon, from which whole scenes and even dialogue have merely been rephrased. It stars Eric Bana as Avner, an Israeli soldier appointed by Prime Minister Golda Meir to the task of killing Arabs responsible for the massacre.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Tony Kushner, Charles Randolph and Eric Roth
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel, Colin Wilson and Steven Spielberg
Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josee Croze, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz, Sharon Alexander, Bijan Daneshmand, Ciaran Hinds, Omar Metwally and Dov Reiser