The film tells the story based on the real events of the terrorists kidnapping and killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Avner, the lead character played by Eric Bana is given a mission he cannot refuse even though he seems most unlikely to be successful at it. He’s a sentimental family man with a baby on the way. His theme is stated in a solo acoustic guitar.
Throughout the film, Williams’ score is poignant, stirring and even features an original arrangement of the Israeli national anthem. He uses some electronic drum loops as well which add dramatically to the tension in a key moment.
There are vocals by Lisbeth Scott which are very haunting, mournful and wailing as if keening.
The entire cast is great. It feels real and Geoffrey Rush is just great (as always) in his role at Bana’s superior officer. Spielberg talks about this film as starting a dialog on the war on terror and not necessarily taking sides. There’s an electrifying moment in the film where Avner, an Israeli and undercover, is speaking with a Palestinian in a stairwell. It’s a private moment that really humanizes both sides of the conflict in the Middle East and perhaps all the conflicts in the world. There’s no place like home.