- “Operation Finale” is a thrilling look at the capture of one of the Nazi officials who planned the Holocaust.
- Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac both give performances that are worth the price of admission.
Every weekend we pick an indie movie currently playing in theatres we think is definitely worth your time and money, and this week’s is “Operation Finale.”
Based on various pieces of source material, the thrilling “Operation Finale” looks at the Israeli spies who were tasked with tracking down and capturing Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who was a major architect of the Holocaust, and after World War II went into hiding.
In 1960, the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, got a tip Eichmann was living in Argentina. The movie details the steps that were taken after to bring Eichmann to justice (he was later tried for war crimes and hanged in 1962 in Israel).
Ben Kingsley takes on the role of Eichmann, and gives a powerful performance as a man who says he believed he was doing right for his country, but is also filled with palpable evil.
Oscar Isaac gives an equally stirring role playing Peter Malkin, the Israeli officer who helped lead the mission to bring down Eichmann.
The movie is the latest from director Chris Weitz, who continues a career of making movies in all genres. He’s done everything from “American Pie” to “About A Boy” to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (he also got a screenwriting credit on “Rogue One”). Here he delivers a thriller similar to that of “Munich” or “Valkyrie.” It’s loaded with drama and suspense but at its root it’s about people who are filled with a desire to avenge the past in order to move forward in the future. If not for them, then for future generations.
And once more, Isaac shows how versatile an actor he really is. If you only know him for playing Poe in “Star Wars” this is the right movie to see how much more he can do on screen.
Our indie movie picks from previous weekends:
- “Eighth Grade”
- “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”
- “Support the Girls”
- “Sorry to Bother You”
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