During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.
“Munich” is a very well done film that shows the talent and genius of Steven Spielberg. Like in “Schindler’s List”, Spielberg chooses to graphically show all the violence, sex and nudity that he envisions happening as the Israeli assassins go about their mission to eliminate those responsible for the Munich massacre.
Spielberg does a tremendous job in showing the struggles that these men go through as they “murder” those Arabs responsible for killing the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Spielberg shows them to be thoughtful, ordinary men with a job to do that gets to all of them emotionally and psychologically. Like many of Spielberg’s films, “Munich” is very powerful and moving.
The problem here for me and for the family audience will be the graphic violence, nudity, sex and language. I think Spielberg is talented enough to tell a story without having to rely on the shock value of being so graphic and vivid with his images.