The Reel Review

B-

This historical thriller is based on the true story of the Israeli secret agents who, in 1960, flew to Argentina and captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, the logistics mastermind who orchestrated the deaths of six million people in the Holocaust.

Ben Kingsley is superb as the emotionally-manipulative Nazi leader, as is Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Annihilation and The Promise) as the Mossad agent who brings him to justice – both delivering even more captivating performances during their scenes together. But the clumsy, contrived and even surprisingly low key screenplay is a disappointing missed opportunity, considering the gravitas of the subject matter. Despite that, director Chris Weitz (writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 2015’s Cinderella) crafts a nail-biting (albeit completely fictional) Argo-esque finale. (The actual extraction of Eichmann was far more smooth and uneventful in real life.)

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