Operation Finale (2018)


“You have no interest in what I have to say. Unless it confirms what you think you already know.” – Adolph Eichmann

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of how the Israeli Mossad acted on information about the supposed whereabouts of a notorious Nazi hiding out in Argentina and decide to send a secret team of operatives to capture the fugitive and bring him to justice.

My Take on it – I have seen a few film versions of the story portrayed here, have also read numerous accounts of the events shown and I’m a bit confused as to why there was a need to remake the story this way.

Overall, they do a nice job retelling this story, but the story leans too much towards the direction of showing the liberal side of things which takes away from the impact of he story.

They manage to show the various viewpoints of the different members of the team since each of them has ther own unique way of looking at the mission they are presented with; some from a nationalistic perspective, some from a religious and others from a very personal place which is more effective.

The cast of the film does a fine job here and Ben Kingsley stands out as Eichmann since he is able to play the character in a very cold and distant manner which makes him both creepy and mysterious.

Unfortunately, the choice to not tell the story in a more thrilling and suspenseful manner hurts things a bit.

Bottom Line – Very nice retelling of this story even if it’s gets a bit too liberal in some of its stances on the events portrayed.  They manage to show the various viewpoints of the different members of the team who each in their own way see their mission in diverse ways; whether they be nationalistic, religious or even personal. The cast is pretty good here and Kingsley stands out as he portrays Eichmann in a very cold and distant manner. The way the story is presented is a bit strange since they fail to show things in a thrilling or suspenseful manner. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Ben Kingsley claimed that he kept a photo of Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel in his pocket while he was on-set, as a reminder of his historical responsibility, and also as a reminder that he was intent on honoring Eichmann’s victims rather than focusing on Eichmann. Kingsley added that after his previous research of Nazis for other films he found no surprises researching Eichmann, and was not inclined to spend an inordinate amount of energy on the man’s psychology. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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