This is old. I saw it a year ago or so. But either way it is still good.
Considering the recent release of “Munich” by Spielberg, I thought I might ask how people felt about the movie (particularly in the light of current terrorism woes), or their experience with the original situation at the Olympic games.
I wasn’t even a drunken afterthought in '72, but I watched “One Day in September” - great documentary about Munich games hostage situation, NOT about 9/11 - and it had me mesmerized about the whole thing. I have yet to see “Munich,” so please don’t ruin the experience for me or anyone else.
My impression on Spielberg’s movie is that he doesn’t necessary excuse the retaliatory attacks by the Israelis, and tends to project the opinion that violence makes violence, none of which is good.
As such, I don’t think this is an Israel-Palestine movie. It’s something that has been done rarely: an Israel-Israel movie. It’s an attempt in my mind to bridge the gap between the deep divisions in Israeli society. Or maybe not bridge, but convince the other side. Hence, its appeal and its focus are tightly played on the self-destructive nature of revenge, typical in some ways of many revenge movies recently (with the notable exception of Quentin Tarrantino), but also elevating that sensibility and relating it to a concrete social dilemma.