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090: Munich — Steven Spielberg’s Black September Movie About Olympic Massacre

Maximilian Rivera December 12, 2017

Munich isn’t just a Black September movie — it’s more than just the tragic terrorist attack on the Olympics — it’s actually about the aftermath!

By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

Premise: Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, Munich tells the story of five men who were chosen to eliminate the masterminds responsible for that fateful day.

Rated: 77% on Rotten Tomatoes

A Historical Film

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, Munich (2005) tells the story of five men who were chosen to eliminate the masterminds responsible for that fateful attack. Steven Spielberg shot this film on a very fast schedule, and turned it out with enough time to qualify for the award season that year — but the question is, did he make a good Black September movie?

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this film, with anger from the Israeli government, as well as fears of Islamophobia. After a decade has passed, a lot of the fears and anger seemed overblown to us. While we can recognize the terror of the attack pulled off by Black September, the movie does a good job of reiterating it in the beginning of the film.

What’s funny is, I went into this film thinking it was just about the events at the Olympics, which take up about 15 minutes total in the film. The other 2 hours are all about the fallout from the attack, and that ranges from really exciting to slightly less-so. Regardless, it climaxes in one of the strangest scenes we’ve ever seen in a movie. ​I’m not sure how many Black September movies there are, but Munich mostly passes the test.

We also discuss more Halt & Catch Fire and Bojack Horseman, as well as our excitement over future releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I, Tonya.

We keep the Star Wars review spoiler-free just to be polite.

Questions We Ask:

  • What exactly made this film so controversial to the Israeli government and zionist groups — and has time healed this disdain?
  • Does the idea that violent revenge as a form of counter-terrorism is as messy as terrorism work?
  • At the time of release, the main stars were relatively unknown actors and character actors. Does this help the film?
  • Did this launch Daniel Craig’s career as James Bond?
  • Did the fast shooting schedule help or hinder this movie?
  • What the hell was up with that climactic sex scene?
  • Is this a better Olympic film than Cool Runnings?

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.