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  • Gareth Crook

Operation Finale (2018)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Films about Nazis always freak me out, even ones like this where there’s a layer of cinematic tint. Dramatic set pieces, overly acted dialogue, rousing score. It feels wrong to dress up Nazi atrocities. Yet despite its heist movie aesthetic, this is worth watching, Oscar Isaac is good, in his Golden Age of Hollywood way. Ben Kingsley though has played some terrifying characters, but his portrayal of Adolf Eichmann is, well, it’s disarming. There are much better films that cover this subject, but I’ll never decry any that highlights what happened during the Holocaust, the aftermath and present day deniers and anti-Semites. Films like this have their place, many people struggle with the realities of what happened and if this makes the truth more accessible, then so be it.

7/10


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