Movie Review-Operation Finale


OPERATION FINALE is the true story of the capture of the last Nazi mastermind, Adolph Eichmann. Jewish Intelligence finds him living in Argentina years after the Holocaust and sets out to bring the man, who organized the killing of thousands of Jews, to justice. Eichmann is played by Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley who does a stellar job portraying the evil Antisemite who's orchestrated the killing of over six million Jewish men, woman, and children in cold blood.

However, it's actor Oscar Isaac, who was born in Guatemala, who holds your attention the most in this movie. Isaac plays Peter Malkin, an Israeli intelligence agent who is simmering with hate for the Germans after his sister and her children were tortured and killed by Nazi soldiers. The movie opens in the 1950's and shows him and his team at the home of a former Nazi on Christmas Eve. The man is taken from the house and executed on site. After discovering they killed the wrong man the team of agents justifies their actions by rationalizing that he was on "someone's list anyway."

Against the wishes of his supervising agent, Malkin is sent to capture and bring Eichmann home to Israel to be tried as a war criminal. The team of agents would just as soon kill the criminal on site and that causes for some tense moments in the film.

Even with the two great acting performances of Kingsley and Isaac the movie just never gains any momentum. It's sluggish and slow and didn't really find a good pace until a climactic scene at the end.

The movie is 2 hours and 2 minutes long and is rated PG-13. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate OPERATION FINALE a MEDIUM.

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