“Operation Finale”  –  8


In a word:  Chilling

     This is a well-done biopic film about the background and capture of Adolf Eichmann in 1960 by Israeli commandos, one of the highest level Jew killers from WWII.

     This takes place fifteen years after the end of World War II, Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad and security agency Shin Bet – led by heroic agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) – launched a daring top-secret raid to capture the notorious Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), who had been reported dead in the chaos following Nazi Germany’s collapse but was, in fact, living and working in a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina under an assumed identity. Malkin and his operatives plot and execute the abduction under the cover of darkness just a few feet from Eichmann’s home. Determined to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel, Malkin and Eichmann engage in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse in which they are barely able to get the plan off the ground in time.

     What seemed unrealistic, was the clumsy way the Mossad Israelis people went about the actual capture.

     I well remember this headline story in 1960, as people of the free world still remained stunned by the horrors inflicted upon millions of innocent Jews through Europe.      

     It’s a good movie, which slows in pace throughout the middle parts with too much dry dialogue among Eichmann’s captors and not enough focus on history and action. Kingsley gives us an Oscar-worthy performance playing Eichmann, not so much as an actor, but his immersion into the evil non-apologetic character he portrayed.

     I think the title should have been one word – “Eichmann.”   The clumsy “Operation Finale” is not memorable.

     It’s no “Schindler’s List” but it’s a good film from which we can learn more about the holocaust.

       I give it 8 out of 10.

Operation Finale (2018) – Rotten Tomatoes


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  3. Janet September 2, 2018 at 6:39 am #

    Thanks. Saw it tonight. WOW. Janet

  4. Reality September 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    I can’t remember if “Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story”, a 1985 made for TV movie with Richard Chamberlain as the Swedish diplomat assigned to Budapest, was about Eichmann, but it
    too was chilling, and very real. It was at the Martin County Library, and is well worth your time.
    ICE raided a job site near us, and took all the “illegals” away. Sent to jail, or deportation camps? Will their wives and children be sent away too? Passports are also being seized
    on the TX border? Is it true a big American bank is confiscating money in accounts, until
    the owner can prove he or she is a citizen? As a person from a small town, I remember
    being shocked at how Jewish people were described; I still hear such remarks, occasionally. Marshall worries about people from the small countries below Mexico flooding our borders-but our CIA was there-destroying those fledging democracies. “Make the economy scream!” was the order. We’re doing it now in Iran, and reaping the fruit of doing it so successfully in Guatemala.

    • veronica wilcoxson September 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

      The film left too much undisclosed. The background of the towns established before the war ended (how was that done)? How many and who helped keep the secret of his identity?…someone or government knew exactly who was living undercover in their country? Too much dialog in one room. Also a little earlier background about the man was needed; how he became a monster, where was he born, to who, etc. Good acting but undeveloped story telling.