Operation Finale

As we have seen, the end of Adolf Hitler did not mean the end of the Nazis. These suction cups are sturdy! “Operation Final” recounts how one of the Nazis, Adolf Eichmann, was found in Buenos Aires in 1960 and captured by Israeli Mossad agents, all under the nose of the Argentine government, which was not as cooperative with Nazi hunting efforts as one might expect.

These are weighty questions, and when the film deals with the Holocaust itself, in flashbacks and memories, it is very sad. But the rest of the time it’s a good old hollo the release date at the end of August was appropriate for a film that is not serious enough to be part of the “Prestige” program in the fall, but not popcorn enough

Eichmann lives in Buenos Aires under a false name when his son Klaus (oe (I’m quite curious about the romantic comedy version of this story. Word goes to Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv, where plans are made to confirm whether it is really Eichmann, and if so, to try him without violating Argentina’s sovereignty. If it turns out that violating the sovereignty of Argentina is not an option, the leaders of the Mossad (Lior Raz and Nick Kroll—yes, the comedian) do their best and secretly violate it. Technically, they are not going to stop Eichmann, but kidnap him.

Peter Malkin recruits a doctor for the mission, an e agents operative named Hanna Elian (Melanie Laurent), whose experience is needed to medically sedate Eichmann without finishing him off. Not everyone on the team is dutiful in keeping Eichmann alive, but Peter and Hanna (and their bosses) do not want an execution. They want a public cause. Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion (Simon Russell Beale) gives you a moving speech about the symbolic meaning of blaming someone for the atrocities of the Nazis — and the so-called “architect of the Holocaust” would be a good place to start.

We get the fun elements of the mission: surveillance, disguises, hideouts, pranks between agents, gender tension between Peter and Hanna. Once you have Eichmann, you will have to keep him a secret for a while, so the agents take turns with him, trying not to be influenced by his diabolical sophistry. It was Eichmann to whom the phrase “the banality of evil” was first applied, and Kingtle’s performance-mostra Oscar Isaac’s captain charm-and the rest of the solid cast make “Operation Final” a respectably entertaining Nazi-hunting adventure.

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