“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.