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Top Movies of the Decade #37

37. Munich

Steven Spielberg’s examination of the 1972 Munich Massacre – and the Israeli response to it – is both engaging and sombre.  It begins as a revenge thriller, full of secret teams and plans that invariably go wrong at the last minute.  But it evolves quickly (but surprisingly smoothly) into a dissection, not just of movies like this, but of political actions like reprisal and revenge.   Eric Bana represents the soul of Israel, idealistic and filled with fervor at the beginning, weighed with guilt, doubts and fatigue by the end.   This is a powerful movie, and an entertaining movie, and a sobering movie.   Definitely one of the best of the decade.

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