‘Operation Finale’ Tells Other Side Of Story

September 17, 2018

Jewish World War Two history buffs rejoice; we finally have a movie that is not focused on the slaughtering of our people.

“Operation Finale”  is the story of the Mossad kidnapping of Adolf Eichmann, the main orchestrator of the Holocaust, and bringing him to justice. That being said, even though it is based on history, the movie did take some creative liberties, so there are possible spoilers ahead.

Before I get to the slightly painful to watch depictions of violence, even before the historical inaccuracies, I need to do the movie justice by acknowledging handling of the good versus evil troupe that Holocaust aligned movies turn into.

Eichmann was a hero in his own eyes and “Operation Finale”  manages to make even me, a girl who grew up with an unending hatred for anyone who could even see that the Nazis were human, empathize with him. That is not to say that he was a good guy, because he was not, and the movie makes that clear through constant reminders of the brutality he caused.

Do not expect this to be a classic Holocaust movie; “Operation Finale” tells the story through the flashbacks of Peter Malkin, a Jewish man who lost his sister, and Eichmann, the man who designed the Holocaust. Their memories are vivid and sometimes painful to watch, specifically near the end of the movie where both men’s flashbacks involve the death of Malkin’s sister in graphic detail.

This movie is worth the watch even if you are not a history nerd. “Operation Finale” is full of action, drama, suspense and an unneeded romantic subplot, all of which overdone in classic Hollywood fashion. Sadly, also in classic Hollywood fashion, the violence is overdone in some parts.

There is no denying the Holocaust was a brutal, cruel and violent event. “Operation Finale” does maintain that reality in the flashbacks, sometimes to a shocking extent. If you are unable to watch depictions of mass executions, implied deaths of children or torture of any kind, then there are a few times you may need to leave the theatre.

As far as historical inaccuracies go, this movie did a really good job of sticking to the true events, however, it is still a movie designed to entertain. The main mistake was making the doctor a woman. In reality, the doctor, like the rest of those who kidnapped Eichmann, was a man. The change was made to create a romantic subplot between the main protagonist and give him a bigger, more relatable motivation for his actions.

All in all, the movie is incredible; it offers a narrative usually overlooked when telling Holocaust-related stories. Overall, I give it a solid 7/10 because it tries to follow the actual events while still telling a riveting story.

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