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Rated PG-13 · 109 minutes · 2018

Historical Drama, Thriller
Well-intentioned, handsome, and lifeless, this historical drama recounts how a group of Mossad agents captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in the early 1960s. Oscar Isaac stars as the head of the group, bringing charisma (but not much else) to a severely underwritten part; playing Eichmann, Ben Kingsley delivers more nuanced work, though he too seems limited by the straightforwardness of Matthew Orton’s script. The filmmakers miss a golden opportunity to delve into the dynamics of a professional team—the Mossad agents are defined by a trait or two apiece, and their plans coalesce all too smoothly. Moreover, the conversations about bringing a monster like Eichmann to justice fail to spark any serious moral deliberation. For a richer, more provocative look at similar subject matter, check out the Argentine drama The German Doctor (2013), which considers the final years of Josef Mengele. Chris Weitz directed; with Mélanie Laurent and Nick Kroll.
Official Site: operationfinalefilm.com
Director: Chris Weitz
Producer: Oscar Isaac, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Jason Spire and Ron Schmidt
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz, Nick Kroll, Michael Aronov, Ohad Knoller, Greg Hill, Torben Liebrecht, Michael Hernandez, Joe Alwyn, Greta Scacchi, Peter Strauss, Haley Lu Richardson, Pêpê Rapazote, Rainer Reiners, Simon Beale, Rocio Muñoz and Rita Pauls

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