Operation Finale (2018) - Biography, Drama, History

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A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Chris Weitz
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley
Length: 122 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 33 out of 155 found boring (21.29%)

One-line Reviews (117)

I think I was in the 7th grade when he went on trial and I remember the accounts in the print media which were fairly exciting.

Banality of evil doesn't do justice to this man, he knew he was dead.

Their conversation is genuine, but too often mundane.

Kingsley embodies the banality of evil and it utterly works.

Dramatic set pieces, overly acted dialogue, rousing score.

I am really surprised by some of the negativity about this film because I found it to be well worth watching.

Pretty boring stuff.

Highly recommend it!!

To its credit, the film has a gripping final act.

Very slow moving and very boring.

Waste of time.....

Boring, Inaccurate and Wooden Acting .

We get the "gathering of the team" - and there's a couple of interesting characters in this group - specifically the characters played by Nick Kroll and Melanie Laurent - but the film really takes off and finds it's footing when the team - and the film - is forced to slow down (waiting for their escape plane to show up) and coax a confession (of sorts) out of Eichman.

There are particular moments that are frankly just boring.

Ben Kingsley deserves the role of Eichman and the subject is fascinating.

Unfortunately a real life thrilling story becomes pretty much watered in this cliched piece of drama that lacks tension and depth.

Oscar Isaac (as Peter Malkin) is strangely bland.

Intense & well portrayed .

It's boring and lame .. so factless .

Dull, noncinematic filmmaking .

Yet despite its heist movie aesthetic, this is worth watching, Oscar Isaac is good, in his Golden Age of Hollywood way.

The film is educational but boring.

Slow paced story, but somehow enjoyable .

Don't waste your time .

Intriguing and edifying .

It is intense and happy at the same time.

I find the story gripping and engaging.

Though the first act starts off slow, starting in Argentina, and switching back and forth between there and Tel Aviv; going between the story of Fruma played by Rita Pauls, a Jewish girl who gets entangled with the investigation, one of the few people who knows Joe Alwyn's character, Klaus Eichmann.

So while it may seem slow at times, the tension is still quite high.

The movie distorts history to make it more exciting.

If you do know the history, even at a superficial level, this film is basically dull, and annoying in parts.


Then, alas, then this awful last-moment-on-the-edge-of-your-seat trite cliche at the end spoils it even more.

Good but too slow and dull at times .

Flawed movie worth watching for the chilling performance by Ben Kingsley .

Instead, what we get is a very flawed slowly plodding tractor

I expected laying out the scheme and overcoming some unexpected hurdles.

Riveting, true story of a people's search for healing, justice and a new future.

Why rewrite exciting events and replace them with dull nonsensical plot devices?

A well told story based on true events that even though you know how it ended historically, still keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The true story was far superior and more exciting.

The phrase, "banality of evil" came to stand for it.

This movie is interesting, suspenseful, and well-acted.

Workmanlike, moderately suspenseful retelling of Holocaust justice .

A tiny bit boring.

While you know the result, if you know history, it still makes for very intriguing watching.

DISLIKES: The Pace at times: Pacing is mostly good, but there are some slower moments that didn't have quite the oomph that the rest of the movie did.

It gets more exciting again towards the flight out and the end.

Still, it gets everything aesthetically right, and is another inspiring go at bringing such a fascinating story to light.

The narrative contains two very exciting visual scenes: the actual kidnapping of Eichmann right outside in his house and later, when he is whisked aboard an Israeli airliner dressed as part of the flight crew, sedated after being given an injection.

The dramatic heart of the film is the sequence where the captors strive to get Eichmann sign a confession note and the young man talks him into doing so by promising the prisoner a last meeting with his wife before his inevitable death sentence is carried out in the future but somehow what should have had me gripping the sides of my armchair instead saw my hands stay clapped on my knees.

This particular movie is very slow, tedious and boring.

Turned a riveting true story into mediocre drama .

The most distracting thing about the movie was that they turned what was originally based on a fascinating true story into silly fiction.

The end was worth seeing but it needed to be 10 longer there and skip most of the "drama" that was very poor and confusing.

When he's not, it's a snoozer

We know that, in the end, the Israeli team will get Eichmann out of Argentina and back to Israel to stand trial, so the scenes that seemed to suggest that might not happen just weren't suspenseful, despite the music, lighting, facial expressions, etc. Some of the movie seemed slow and unnecessary, because it was building suspense I didn't feel.

Painfully slow tempo, very heavy handed delivery, overimposure of weighty dialog, occacionally weaker twists and slighter depicted characters spoil the premise.

Thoughtfu, entertaining, important .

I also feared that it would be too much like Argo, adding suspenseful action that never occurred.

I had only heard of this story up until now, absolutely fascinating.

It just felt off and a little disjointed.

The story is pretty interesting, especially with the interrogation scenes and the escape maneuvers, but it is a little slow in parts.

If you are looking for an action packed film you may not enjoy it.

Pace was tedious, slow-moving and often meandering (with way too much time spent on procuring Eichmmann's signature on the consent letter!

It was an enjoyable film also.

When the rest of the act is chugging along it felt boring, it made the two hour movie almost feel like it added another hour because a lot of scenes that could have been left out.

Though this first act is slow, they keep you interested by the steady progression to the day they capture him which is one of the three big action scenes that each ack ends with.

Particularly the banal verging on shamefully sanitised treatment of those scenes that purport to exemplify the horrors of the Holocaust, And no joy to be found in any of the other cinematographic categories either.

Compelling spy thriller that's true .

Riveting thriller.

Drink lots of caffeine before you watch this movie or you will fall asleep.

The beginning is exciting then the middle is dull when things stall about the signing of the letter.

Definitely worth watching.

Ben Kingsley's acting in this movie was amazing, But it felt dull and there where no intresting shots.

The film is generally an accurate depiction of the events except for the roles of Lotar and Sylvia Hermann (Peter Strauss and Haley Lu Richardson) which are simultaneously simplified and exaggerated, a pointless change of sex for the team's physician to allow a unnecessary romantic subplot, and (similar to 'Argo', 2013), some fanciful last minute nick-of-time heroics.

There's just this depth to both of them that makes some of the slower paced scenes where the two are conversing more intriguing.

It bothered me a little, so I checked online to read the true version of events, and boy- was reality more exciting and riveting then the story told on the screen!

A gripping piece .

Overall good paced international thrilling like drama that heals wounds of loss while bringing answers and showing some justice.

And even if you're not feeling the intensity like I was, it will still be a very intriguing story.

The impulsive outrages one after another as well made the movie quite dull and predictable.

Gets a bit slow and boring at times.

Chris Weitz's Operation Finale is a suspenseful movie through, but suffers from a slow and dragging second act.

"It's a compelling premise, all the more so for being real.

This movie suffers from being way too slow and dull.

Perhaps if one doesn't know the story, this could be a mildly absorbing film.

If you're in the mood to be bored this weekend operation finale is the movie for you.

Watch it on Netflix on a boring Tuesday evening

Riveting .

Interesting and Suspenseful .

In that explosive scene, the choices of Director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Chris Weitz resulted in a cliché depiction of a psychopathic killer.

" Then there is the warmed over theme of the banality of evil, in this case presented as a dialog between interrogator and perpetrator ( a la serial killer movies) which offers little new.

Shipping is too slow.

The acting is fine but the movie's mostly pretty dull.

Given the way it was filmed, and the situation, you immediately thought of the highly suspenseful end of Casablanca.

In addition, the scenes regarding the plane being delayed on the runway, and taking off at the last second, seemed cliché at best (not to mention cut and paste from Argo).

Movie was missing something, I can't tell what, maybe I am just too used for more action packed or much wider story WW II movies.

All talk with boring dialogue to boot.

"The banality of evil" ...

Suspenseful & well-acted though a bit slow to get off the ground in the first half.

Boring .

If history has proved one thing, Weitz makes dull, noncinematic films.

I saw Mile 22 last week, and liked it, but that was mere button-pushing and manipulated adrenaline.

This was a fairly accurate telling of the story, but a bit dull!

Interesting But Slow .

That's entertaining story telling about grim history.

Now although that doesn't sound very interesting, the film found a way how to make it extremely intense, showing different perspectives as Klaus moves in on the plane, the mad rush to get a copy of the papers from the planes to the air traffic control and the crushing anxiety of the people on the plane.

That, to me, was the most fascinating aspect of the film, watching the interplay between the two.

In conclusion Operation Finale is an amazing movie with lots of tension, but nearly fell flat because of it's near lackluster second act, and only was able to redeem itself by it's intense and action packed third act.

For me "Eichmann" the film is by far the most engrossing.

The plot is unexpected, and even a bit outlandish.

Many movies unfortunately have bland scores, but fortunately, Alexandre Desplat made a unique and intriguing score that you will probably be hearing more of come Oscar season.

I think you will find it worth watching I thought it was a good movie in my mind

Boring movie!!

I recall as a boy watching the news clips of the trial of Eichmann in 1961 and this movie puts it all together for a compelling spy thriller and piece of history.

But despite some intense dramatic moments, the film never really wraps you up in its drama in the most effective way.