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Valkyrie 2009

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Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.

Starring:
Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 1 minute
Starring Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann, Carice van Houten, Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Cruise, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Fry
Director Bryan Singer
Genres Drama, Historical, Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 June 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 1 minute
Starring Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann, Carice van Houten, Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Cruise, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Fry
Director Bryan Singer
Genres Drama, Historical, Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 June 2009
Main languages English

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Format: DVD
Given that this was made and released as a mainstream film with a big Hollywood name (Cruise) in the leading role, I had wrongly assumed that this would turn out to be another glitzy mis-recreation of an important historical event. How wrong I was! I was very pleasantly surprised with the treatment of the subject matter which was both sensitive and accurate: a rarity indeed!
Whoever has adapted this important historical event into a screenplay has done a tremendous job creating characters who are believably human (complete with flaws) whilst remaining faithful to the events. The cast is an excellent line-up of some of the best serious actors currently treading the boards and I was pleasantly surprised at just how much British talent is showcased here. It is obvious that a great deal of homework has been done and this could serve as a great lesson to other film-makers that you do not have to distort, invent or change the facts of history to make it entertaining (NB: U571, Pearl Harbour, Inglorious Basterds!).
I would recommend this film to anyone who has even a passing interest in WW2 or even viewers who simply enjoy a good tale well told.
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Although the Second World War should never be forgotten, it's fair to say that war movies are hardly big money-spinners at the box office right now. Perhaps it's because we're used to see the Allies winning in the end?

However, Valkyrie is told from an entirely German perspective. It's the dying days of the war and Hitler is determined to fight until the last man, bringing down Germany if it comes to it. So a rouge group of German officers (led by Tom Cruise) stages a plan to assassinate him and arrange a truce with the Allies.

Tom Cruise can act, if given the right part. Here he doesn't have to do too much. He's largely here for `star power' value. However, it's the story that's important rather than who's in it. Despite the fact that you'll probably know the ending, it's actually pretty tense as the Germans fight their own leader and try to bring a less devastating conclusion to the war.

Bonus points to the film for putting together a large group of some of the best British actors to play various German roles (and Eddie Izzard, who sneaked in there somehow - bless him).

If you fancy something a bit more historically accurate (and I'm told Valkyrie is reasonably accurate) then this is worth a go. Perhaps `Downfall' (an excellent German-made film about Hitler's last days) could even be a sort of sequel to this?

4/5.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
Although some saw Tom Cruise's latest film as a possible propaganda vehicle, it's tempting to look upon it more as a cry for help. After seeing him playing a man so increasingly disillusioned with the insane control-freak tendencies of the personality cult that has taken control of every aspect of its followers lives and sets out to destroy all who disagree with it that he becomes part of a doomed plot to kill its leader, David Miscavige probably made sure the security was trebled next time Cruise visited the compound.

Valkyrie is one of those films that's neither the disaster many were hoping for nor quite as good as it could have been, never quite veering to either side as it all too steadily ploughs its course through another retelling of the failed July Plot to assassinate Hitler. If there are no real lows there are also, sadly, precious few highs, the film retelling events efficiently but never really gripping as tightly as it should and only briefly engaging the emotions in the final scenes, and those you suspect more for the fate of the real people involved than those onscreen. It's a noble effort, but it's hard to resist comparing it to the failed assassination attempt: it makes a big noise but it doesn't quite hit the target.
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I was a little hesitant to see this movie since it's an historical story & also because of the mediocre reviews, I expected to be bored, but my husband wanted to see it & I thought that I would fall asleep watching, as usual, but I was wrong. The movie engaged me from the beginning & even though I knew the ending, the movie was quite captivating & kept me up waiting to see what will happen. A very nice surprise. Also Tom Cruise was great even though I don't care for him much lately he really gave this movie a soul. Well done.
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For anyone not aware of the Valkyrie plot and it's objectives and the outcome I'd particularly recommend this film.

I did know about the plot but I think I've learnt a bit more; I certainly didn't realise there were as many as 15 attempts to assassinate Hitler by Germans.

Even though I had a fair idea what was going to happen I felt the film maintained an element of suspense from beginning to end. Who was going to support the plot and who was going to remain loyal to the Third Reich? These decisions were often made at the very last moment and ultimately tipped the balance.

The film served to show how bureaucratic and inflexible the German chain of command was. Everything had to go through Berlin and the plotters very cleverly used the system to mobilise the reserve army in support.

I'm not usually a great fan of Tom Cruise but the only fault I could find with his performance was that he was inclined to whisper his lines and I couldn't always hear what he was saying. I wasn't overly impressed with David Bamber as Adolf Hitler but in this instance Hitler was only a peripheral character so it didn't really matter.

You have nothing to lose by giving this film a try.
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