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Operation Finale Movie Review

The Holocaust is one of the most well-known massacre in modern human history. Ten million innocent people were murdered, six million of them were Jewish.

Adolph Eichmann is known as the architect of The Holocaust. After World War II, he escaped to Argentina, where he lived under a new identity. That is, until 1960, when Mossad agents located him, captured him and brought him back to Israel to stand trial for his crimes.

The location and capture of Eichmann is told in the new movie, Operation Finale. Adolph Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) has been living in Buenos Aires under the name of Ricardo Clemente. When the Israeli authorities are given this information, a task force of top Mossad agents are given the job of catching Eichmann and transporting him to Israel for trial. The team includes Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) and Hanna Elian (Melanie Laurent).

Once the team is able to capture Eichmann, they have to hold him until they can fly out of Argentina. Capturing him was the easy part, getting to the airport and flying out without being held up or discovered is the hard part.

This movie is amazing and should be seen by as many people as possible. It should be seen not just because it is relevant in 2018, but because it is a historical thriller done right. The psychological tension, especially between Peter and Eichmann is so tight that it forces the audience to really think about how thin the line between good and evil truly is.

Not only do I recommend it, but I have a feeling that this movie will do very well come award season.

Operation Finale is presently in theaters. 

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Throwback Thursday Part II- Inglourious Basterds

Warning: May contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not seen this movie.

Quentin Tarantino is known for making a very specific style of movie.

His 2009 not quite historically accurate World War II movie, Inglourious Basterds, is his own take on World War II.

The movie intertwines two different stories. Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) is a Jewish woman, whose family was murdered by Col Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is an American servicemen whose company consists all of Jewish-American soldiers.  Their task is to kill Nazi soldiers.

Only escaping with the clothes on her back, Shosanna hides in Paris as the owner of a movie theater. Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl) is a Nazi soldier who is being turned into a hero by the Nazi propaganda machine. Zoller takes an interest in Shosanna, not knowing her true identity.  The Nazis plan to use Shosanna’s theater to premiere the movie about their war hero and the Basterds see the opportunity to complete their assigned task.

Is this movie historically accurate? Other than the massacre of Shosanna’s family, no. It is a typical Tarantino movie blood and gore? Yes.  But that is what makes it so good. Movies are meant to entertain us, and this movie is entertaining. And I will admit that as someone who lost family in the Holocaust, I can’t help but feel that the destruction of the movie theater is payback, if only on screen.

I recommend this movie.

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Now You See Me- Maybe, Maybe Not

With the summer movie season upon us, the movie studios have begun to present to us what they hope to be their best movies until the award season begins.

One of the movies released this weekend is “Now You See Me”.

The movie opens and introduces the audience to four street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harelson and Dave Franco) whose combined talents have been made into a large scale magic show in Las Vegas. They have chosen a random audience member and with a teleportation device, have transported him to Paris to transfer the money from his local bank to the audience.

But all is not as it seems when the FBI and Interpol (Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent) begin to believe that these magicians are actually con artists and thieves.

The premise of this movie is interesting, but the plot is a bit convuluted and the movie is a little long. It’s not completely horrible, but a little tweaking of the screenplay and a little more editing of the movie might have helped. The plot in the beggining of the movie is also a little slow, it didnt really pick up until a third of the way into the movie.

It’s a shame, I was looking forward to this movie, but I can only give 5 and 1/2 out of ten stars.

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