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Valkyrie
February 9, 2009, 12:12 pm
Filed under: movies, reviews

valkyrieposterI liked the movie, Valkyrie. It is a really compelling story, beautifully shot and edited. It also fields a really good cast, including a really strong contingent of UK character actors, namely, Bill NighyKenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard and Tom Wilkinson. Plus of course Tom Cruise.

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Now it’s hard to separate Tom Cruise the man, from Tom Cruise the actor, but I encourage you to bite the bullet with this one and give it a chance. Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, one of the key German officer who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Based on a true story, the plot was to essentially rewrite and initiate Operation Valkyrie [a national emergency plan] which served to deploy the reserve army in event of Hilter [and maybe Himmler ?] death to take control of the country and effectively dismantle the Nazi army. 

 

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Stauffenberg is a really interesting character as someone completely disillusioned by war. His real injuries of war add a nice dimension to the story. And Cruise does a surprisingly good job here; really believable, well-composed and a little bit chilling.

Overall I rate this highly. If anything else a nice little history lesson.

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