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 Post subject: Operation Finale [2018]
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Operation Finale [2018]
MPAA (PG-13) CNS/USCCB () (3 Stars) AVClub (C) Fr. Dennis (3 Stars)

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CNS/USCCB () review
Los Angeles Times (K. Turan) review (G. Kenny) review
AVClub (M. D'Angelo) review

Jerusalem Post (A. Spiro) article background / coverage

Operation Finale [2018] (directed by Chris Weitz, screenplay by Matthew Orton) is a historical drama that tries to tell the story of Israel's intelligence service Mossad's 1960 capture and then transporting of Adolf Eichmann [wikip] [IMDb] (played in the film by Ben Kingsley) from literally "off the street" to a safe house and eventually to Israel for trial.

It's a spectacular story, arguably one of Mossad's finest hours. A full length historical drama such as this released across the world will reach countless people that "a good book" or even "a excellent documentary" would not. So there's certainly a great deal of value in the project. It's just the "good book" / "sober, just the facts, documentary" would probably do _this story_ more justice than a drama always in danger of falling into "Hollywood cliché."

And at least on two counts, IMHO this film does fall into cliché: ...

“Political Language… is Designed to Make Lies Sound Truthful… and to Give an Appearance of Solidity to Pure Wind.” — George Orwell

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