Know this.. Beyond the EXTREMELY political layer infused within Munich's absorbing meditation on the morality (and futility) of violence and revenge, this is a superb procedural/character thriller. Definitely Spielberg at the top of his narrative game -- which is scary considering he began principal photography the weekend War Of The Worlds opened. The thriller aspect is so absorbing and well done, it really feels -- at times -- like you've slipped in a time warp, watching a vintage 1970s work (Think The Conversation mixed with The French Connection mixed with the Noah Cross scenes in Chinatown). I think mainstream audiences will be drawn to the picture for that very reason. Big chunks of narrative are truly electric and tension-filled. Edge-of-your seat stuff. Truly. The political layer is gonna be more problematic. Not because it's conclusionary -- quite the opposite. As Spielberg has said in interviews, the film only attempts a kind of "talmudic" discussion/argument whenever it focuses on the methods and motivations within the Israeli/Palestinean conflict. It definitely tries it's best to present nuanced portrayals of both sides in the equation. Some will definitely think too nuanced (From both sides of the equation!) Obviously the story is designed to be structurally seen from the Israeli POV. They are, after all, the protagonists. But don't jump to any conclusions based on this I'll leave it at that for now. And contrary to some pre-release buzz, this film can get extremely emotional. Even vintage Spielberg emotional. In fact there's this one scene with Bana.... ...where he's speaking to his daughter on the phone and he breaks down as she says "dada"........I swear the look and anguish on Bana's face made me start tearing up right there. It just hit me really hard. Suddenly...shockingly. Bana is a damn fine actor. Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds and Mathieu Kassovitz all have great moments too, but kudos must be also given to the great Geoffrey Rush, and especially the French actors Mathieu Amalric and Michael Lonsdale. Fantastic character work from all. Great film.