ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – M – Munich (2005)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tony Kushner, Eric Roth (Screenplay) George Jones (Book)

Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Hanns Zischler, Ayelet Zurer, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz

 

Plot: Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.


Tagline – The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.

Runtime: 2 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense True Story

 

Story: Munich starts in the aftermath of the tragic events of the Munich Olympics where 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Arabic terrorists. The Israeli prime minister isn’t taken what happened to her men lightly, she assigns a team led by Avner (Bana), with Steve (Craig), Carl (Hinds), Robert (Kassovitz) and Hans (Zischler) to eliminate everybody involved in the terrorist action.

The mission will take the team around Europe as they track down each and everyone of the people responsible, we see the obstacles they found along the way, but ultimately to complete their mission.

 

Thoughts on Munich

 

Characters – Avner is the special agent in the Israeli government, he is assigned to lead the retaliation against the people responsible for Black Sunday. He must leave his pregnant wife behind to go on this mission, a mission which would be his first, as he hasn’t been in the field before. He is left making the difficult decisions on the mission, to keep the men in order. Steve is the member of the team that has the most experience in the field, he does question Avner’s choice as leader, though he will follow the orders for his country. Carl is another member of the team, he does seem like the mot educated of the team. Robert is assigned to be the explosives expert, his bombs often fail, because of his own training which is about disarming them rather than making them. We see the characters that are the connections, the people that authorise the vengeance, each character is based on a real person involved in this.

PerformancesEric Bana is the star of the show here, he is put through the widest range of emotions when it comes to everything his character goes through. Daniel Craig leads up the supporting cast we, showing he was always going to be more than just James Bond. Ciaran Hinds is the ever-reliable supporting cast member that never once looks out of place. the whole cast is wonderful through this film, bringing the complex number of characters to life.

StoryThe story follows the aftermath of events of the Black Sunday tragedy, which sees a group of Israeli soldiers look to get vengeance on the men behind the terrorist attack. We get to see how the operation was handled, the hunting of the terrorists, with the different hiding places around Europe. This does show how a country was left in mourning after the tragic events, how they went about changing this, fixing this, so they weren’t considered the weaker nation in the war within the country. We mostly focus on one man who was seen to have been put into a world he wasn’t prepared for, one where he would have to do things he wasn’t trained for, to protect his home land.

HistoryThis is a moment in history that shocked everybody, we see how the people in the government went out for their own revenge.

SettingsThe film does take us around Europe as we see where the terrorist were hiding out after their actions.


Scene of the Movie –
The bomb sequences are brutal.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is slightly too long.

Final ThoughtsThis is a brilliant look at one of the most secret missions of revenge after one of the darkest days in Olympic history.

 

Overall: History revenge.

Rating

 

 

Babylon A.D. (2008)

logoDirector: Mathieu Kassovitz

Writer: Mathieu Kassovitz, Joseph Simas (Screenplay) Maurice G. Dantec (Novel ‘Babylon Babies’)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Mark Strong, Charlotte Rampling, Gerard Depardieu, Jerome Le Banner

 

Plot: In a near future, the mercenary Toorop (Diesel) is hired by the powerful criminal Gorsky (Depardieu) to take a woman named Aurora (Thierry) from a Noelite Convent in Central Asia to New York. In return, he will receive a large amount of money and a clear passport. Toorop joins Aurora and her guardian Sister Rebeka (Yeoh) as they cross the dangerous Russian landscape chased by mercenaries that also want Aurora. On their journey, Toorop discovers that Aurora has special abilities and once in New York they see on the news that the Noelite Convent has just been bombed. When Aurora discloses that she is a virgin and pregnant with twins, Toorop realizes that there is something sinister behind his mission and that he and Sister Rebeka are not part of Gorsky’s plans.

 

Verdict: Short Sci-Fi Missing a Final Act

 

Story: Starting out with the usual reluctant hero having to risk more than he ever wanted to, to protect someone with powers the world has never seen. This time we are put in the bleak future world where the rich have too much and the poor struggle to survive. We see how two different groups are interested in the package and both for very different motives. Our hero refuses to trust either and has to turn to his connection that he also doesn’t trust to make the journey possible. In the end it is nothing new to the genre in fact it is just a mix of Mercury Rising and Fifth Element. (6/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Vin Diesel: Toorop our reluctant hero who has his strict rules for his missions, he can’t get back in the US for an unknown reason, we really don’t learn anything to explain why he is who he is. He puts everything on the line to make this mission happen so he can disappear. This is what you expect from Vin, strong leading role with plenty of combat skill. (7/10)

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Michelle Yeoh: Sister Rebeka the protector of Aurora, who has strong religious beliefs that guide her. She has good combat skills to show that she isn’t just a religious figure. Good supporting performance showing the mysterious protector well. (7/10)

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Melanie Thierry: Aurora the mysterious package that needs to be delivered, she has powers that can help her see into the future and take in an incredible amount of knowledge. Good performance to create a mysterious woman. (7/10)

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Director Review: Mathieu Kassovitz – Good direction to create the film, but it really feels like there should be one more final scene. (6/10)

 

Action: The action comes thick and fast, with two big ones that really stand out. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: A good dark bleak look at how the future world could be. (9/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t manage to pull you in enough to really be at the edge of the seat. (5/10)

Settings: Each setting is very good and does add to the atmosphere of the story. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Even though we are looking at a future world, the film tries to leave the special effects out, but when needed they are good. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try, but don’t go out your way to see this film. (Try it)

 

Best Part:  Snow Ski chase from Jets.

Worst Part: Needs more of a conclusion.

Action Scene Of The Film: Battle in New York

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $72,108,608

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Overall: Not The Most Memorable Sci-Fi Film

Rating 65

Gothika (2003)

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez

Starring: Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr, Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch, Bernard Hill, Penelope Cruz

 

Story Dr Miranda Grey (Berry) is a well respect psychologists at a asylum, but on a detoured trip home on a stormy night she sees a woman in the middle of the road, she approaches the woman and the next thing she remembers is being in the very asylum she works only as a patient now.

 

Miranda is accused of murdering her husband and fellow Doctor Douglas Grey (Dutton). She has no memory of the night and only two people to communicate with a fellow patient Chloe (Cruz) and old work colleague Dr Pete Graham (Downey).

 

Still being haunted by a mysterious woman is she trying to communicate with Miranda; can Miranda uncover the truth before it’s too late?

 

Verdict This horror thriller mystery is a good addition to the genre without being one of the best, it follows the basic horror thriller rules very well with predictable jumps and twists. The three big names never really shine to the level we all know they can. This is well worth a watch if you like the genre.

Story Mark 7/10 Tried and tested formula works well

Horror Mark 7/10 Simple scares never really scary though

Favourite Character None of the characters are really that likable

Poor Performance I’m not going to say poor but I would say I would have liked more from Berry and Downey Jr.

Best Part The reveal flashback to the night is good

Worst Part  Clear twist you can see from a mile away

Best Quote Chloe ‘You can’t trust someone who thinks your crazy’

Similar Too – The Ring, The Grudge

My Rating  67%