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Most of my family is enthralled with anything related to World War II. We watch documentaries and read books on the subject or from that time period. Well done movies have a special place in our hearts, too. Operation Finale may enter that realm for us.
About Operation Finale
Operation Finale brings to life one of the most daring covert operations in modern history. Starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse), the film vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust.
Fifteen years after the end of World War II, acting on irrefutable evidence, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travel to Argentina where Eichmann (Kingsley) has been in hiding together with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. In attempting to sneak him out of Argentina to stand trial in Israel while being pursued by the country’s right-wing forces, agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.
Trailer for Operation Finale
Operation Finale launches in theaters on August 29, 2018.
My Thoughts on Operation Finale
With some now questioning if these events are real, Operation Finale will have you considering the events of WWII and the extermination of 6 million Jews in a new light. The movie does a wonderful job at sharing this part of history with the script well executed by the actors.
This film begins showing how a former Nazi in Austria is mistaken for another highly sought officer and then killed. Years later, the individual they seek is speaking to others about the event and how he must share his truth of history.
You are then taken to a movie theater in Argentina where a young girl takes note of a young boy. It is when he brings him to her house that her now blind father recognizes his lineage. He is the son of Adolf Eichman, known as the “Architect of the Final Solution.” The girl has been raised Catholic and has no idea that her heritage is really that of Judaism. It is her father that sounds the alarm through proper channels.
Thus starts what would be dubbed “Operation Finale” by the Mossad.
Through the use of flashbacks, the viewer sees what happened as well as what people imaged happened. You are also introduced to the idea that Eichman feels he was a soldier following orders and shouldn’t be held liable for it all.
Overall, this was an excellent film and one that I highly recommend seeing. My husband isn’t big on going to the movie theater but asked to be my plus one for this movie as he was eager to see it. He found it enjoyable and was not disappointed by the performances, either.