At the 1972 Olympic Games at Munich, a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September murdered eleven Israeli athletes. Outraged, Prime Minister Golda Meir allows a mission lead by Avner (Eric Bana) to hunt down the terrorists responsible one by one and kill them. Avner has a war hero father to live up to and a pregnant wife at home to take care of.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. That means you wait and let things settle before going out for blood. Not much time passes between the Black September murders and the revenge plan in action. That might have been mistake number one followed by many more to come.
The story can be hard to follow since everyone is at least partially undercover, no one is honest and names are hardly used. All plot and character development outside of strictly Avner is under so many layers they can be hard to decipher in one sitting. If you really want to understand this film, it takes more than one showing. If you want a film where someone goes around killing for revenge or retribution or whatever, pick something more straightforward, like Kill Bill.
The main problem for me was that I wasn’t for killing anyone in the first place. Why would this guy do that? He’s got a wife and kid to think about and he doesn’t seem too stupid or eager to live up to his father. Yet he doesn’t seem so wrapped up in Jew vs Arab to become so involved. If he really got so involved with this out of passion and thinking that the money would help his family, couldn’t we compare Avner to many enraged fanatics simply out for blood?
My big question the whole time was how will this help “the Jews”? They feel horribly wronged for the holocaust, I get it. And killing your Olympic team is a real kick to the nuts, I understand. But who puts together a group to kill those involved and thinks it’s going to be a good thing? They’re not heroes. They’re revenge isn’t doing any good and only endangering the next generation. I wish they could be good people, I wish this cycle of violence would stop, I wish they would all think further down the line. The people they kill will be replaced and when they find out who killed who, they’ll come after Avner and the gang.
I just became more upset and angry as the film progressed. If this film is entirely true, I hope Avner’s little girl can set a better example than her father.
“We are supposed to be righteous. That’s a beautiful thing. And we’re losing it. If I lose that, that’s everything. That’s my soul.”