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Operation Finale

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Effective take on post-WWII story has violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2018 109 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Movie Relates History of Infamous Nazi Capture

Adolf Eichmann, one of history's most notorious Nazis-fled to Argentina to escape his fate as a German war criminal. This is the story of how the Israeli Intelligence tracks down the former SS commander and tries to get him to Jerusalem to stand trial for his crimes. The main character of this movie is Peter Malkin, a Jew who lost his sister Fruma in the Holocaust. This movie feels very much like an adventure/spy film, as Malkin and his associates disguise themselves as Argentinian police and capture Eichmann and take him to their hideout. This movie has some moments of strong language in it as well as racist talk, and a few flashback scenes of Holocaust violence. It's an interesting movie about the subject matter and worth seeing one time, but I likely wouldn't revisit this movie. 3/5.
age 7+

Good movie.

it is a great movie!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
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Director Chris Weitz softens the edges of this true Holocaust-related story, providing a familiar Hollywood thriller template that works without demeaning the events at the center. It's less grim than it could have been, making it (for better or worse) more palatable. Screenwriter Matthew Orton starts Operation Finale with an unrelated incident that establishes Malkin as an unorthodox rebel, making him appealing in a Humphrey Bogart-like way. There are montages of the team getting ready for their assignment and the introduction of the ex-girlfriend character to provide some playful male-female banter from time to time.

While the rest of the cast members are mainly placeholders, Isaac plays Malkin with a smoldering confidence, and he's hugely appealing. Kingsley has the more difficult role, playing a man who's definitely guilty and possibly a monster, but who's more complex than we might imagine. His scenes with Isaac have an electricity as they bash their heads together in an effort to come to some kind of truth. A few well-placed, well-framed flashbacks reveal the actual horrors of the Holocaust, underlining just what was done -- and what was lost. Yet Weitz doesn't try to get too artsy or too self-important. He brings the same popular sheen he gave to The Golden Compass and his entry in the Twilight series, while maintaining the proper respect and dignity that the material deserves.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 29, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: December 4, 2018
  • Cast: Oscar Isaac , Melanie Laurent , Ben Kingsley
  • Director: Chris Weitz
  • Inclusion Information: Latino actors, Female actors, Indian/South Asian actors
  • Studio: MGM
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 109 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing thematic content and related violent images, and for some language
  • Last updated: September 19, 2023

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