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Operation Finale (2018)

Director:
Chris Weitz
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Historical drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Operation Finale
RUNNING TIME
122 minutes
Producer:
Fred Berger
Oscar Isaac
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
Jason Spire
Screenwriter:
Matthew Orton


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Peter Malkin Oscar Isaac ˝
Adolf Eichmann Ben Kingsley
Isser Harel Lior Raz
Hanna Mélanie Laurent
Rafi Eitan Nick Kroll
Klaus Eichmann Joe Alwyn
Sylvia Hermann Haley Lu Richardson
Zvi Aharoni Michael Aronov
Lotar Hermann Peter Strauss
Vera Eichmann Greta Scacchi

 

Review

This historical drama from Chris Weitz (About a Boy) deals with Mossad's hunt, capture and extraction of Nazi war-criminal Adolf Eichmann from Argentina in 1960. The film has an academic quality to it that prevents it from fully coming to life, but there's power in the interplay between Oscar Isaac as Mossad secret agent Peter Malkin and Ben Kingsley as Eichmann. Kingsley makes Eichmann into a real human being, albeit with muddled, perhaps even pathological principles. The film is at its best in the conversations these two share alone during Mossad's harboring of Eichmann in their safe house. Unfortunately, the ensuing finale about getting Eichmann onboard a flight to Israel before the Argentine government can intercept, which is supposed to be the film's culmination of suspense, feels somewhat forced and lifeless.

Copyright © 03.01.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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