The core power of this documentary is the intelligently and very touching story as told by Ankie Spitzer, the wife of one of the athletes involved in this.
Otherwise, this is a very straight-forward story of how the Olympic Games were hit by terrorists who took the Israeli squad hostage, making some quite incredible demands, and how the “rescue-mission” was completely botched by the German government, kind of shoot-aim-ready, in that order. I’m amazed by how it seems that very few people/governments were genuinely interested in helping out. Also, it felt very weird to me that the Olympics went on despite of the hostage-situation, which happened in the compound.
The soundtrack to this documentary is quite bewildering at times, except when slo-mo film is shown of athletes competing. Michael Douglas’ drawling voice is – thankfully – not applied often throughout the documentary.
All in all: interesting, but if it weren’t for Ankie Spitzer and a few other voices chiming in here, there wouldn’t be much more than a cinematic equivalent of a Wikipedia entry to this.