August 28, 2018

Operation Finale is in theaters on August 29th, 2018.

Chris Weitz directs this gripping tale of justice after arguably the worst period in our history. Operation Finale. Based on the true story of a unique team of Israel intelligence agents that set out on a secret mission to bring Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) from his assumed new life in Argentina to stand trial in Israel while Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels committed suicide rather than be taken alive. Led by agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac), we see a daring team that all lost something work tirelessly to bring the architect of the Final Solution to answer for his crimes.

I like to think of this film in it's three great ingredients: one part Jewish retribution, one part sometimes over-the-top but still anxiety inducing thriller cliché, and one part stellar acting from Isaac and Kingsley. The only thing that could have made my experience better with Operation Finale is if that balance was kept neater, not teetering too far in any direction. The details of this post World War II society in Argentina were mesmerizing even when there were duller moments. The care taken when filming mirrors the maticulous plan set in motion by the team of agents depicted in a plan that went from timing Eichmann's daily routine to capturing him outside his own home.

We see Isaac, charming and charismatic, weighing his duty as a brother that lost his beloved sister and her three children in the Holocaust and as an Israeli agent heavily as he gets Malkin's mind closer to the mind of Eichmann than he ever thought possible. You feel tugging at your chest every time there is a breath between his visions of his sister being brutally murdered by Nazis to Eichmann's memories of cleaning away any blemish in the face of the heinous acts in place by his command. Kingsley appears ruthless and seemingly another world away from his crimes with his new, simple life with his family. His ability to send chills down your spine is exactly what you would expect from the good Kingsley work we all know and love/hate. The psychological war between Isaac and Kingsley will have you sitting on the edge of your seat just as much as the hairy escapes because everything that can go wrong here does, and you will be right there along with this amazing team to see something be right.

See this and take it to heart.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Marisa Marisa (Contributor) is a Maryland native who currently works in New York City. She is an avid Auburn Tigers fan and enjoys traveling around the world. Her hobbies include movies, going to just about any type of sporting event, live music, and playing with her husky and pug.
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