Universal/Dreamworks/Amblin (Kathleen Kennedy, Steven
Spielberg & Barry Mendel)
W: Tony Kushner & Eric Roth [based on the book
"Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter Terrorist Team" by George Jonas]
DP: Janusz Kaminski
Ed: Michael Kahn
Mus: John Williams
Eric Bana (Avner Kaufman), Daniel Craig (Steve), Ciaran
Hinds (Carl), Mathieu Kassovitz (Robert), Hanns Zischler (Hans), Ayelet Zurer (Daphna Kaufman), Geoffrey Rush (Ephraim)
Spielberg directs without the usual spoonful of
sentimentality that usually accompanies his movies. It's a very brutal and grim thriller depicting the Israeli Secret Service Agency's mission to assassinate the Palestinian 'Black
September' terrorists responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games, mostly based on truth, but with a huge dose of Hollywood fiction added for dramatic
Kevin MacDonald's documentary, One Day In September
deals with the same incident in a far more realistic way.
Being nominated for five Oscars, including Best
Picture, was a very generous acknowledgment. It's a well produced and directed piece of work for sure, but it failed to make my top 10 of 2005.