Saturday, April 11, 2009

Valkyrie [2009]

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Terrence Stamp
Genre: War drama/Thriller
Points: 100 out of 100
Rating: Teen (violence, blood)
Comment: "Ich liebe! A Hollywood documentary that's both good and accurate..."

Nazi and America don't go together, so it was half-expected that this is going to be one pro-Allies flick. Thankfully, the real events this movie was based on is already interesting enough, so the production team was able to make an accurate re-telling of the events which led to the July 20th Plot without adding too much of the "Hollywood seasoning".

The story takes place during the World War II era in Germany. An army colonel of the Nazi army, Claus von Stauffenberg, among several other key people of the Nazi army plotted against the Adolf Hitler administration and plans to assassinate him and take control over Germany. They plan to do this through the manipulation of Operation Valkyrie, hence the title.

For those who are unaware of what Operation Valkyrie is all about, there is no need to worry for this is one of the few film that is actually a documentary in essence, but possesses all of the qualities of what makes a good film and that includes; good casting, visionary direction and clever writing.

What I would like to stress here is how accurate this film is. You only need to brush up a little bit on your history to see that the production team went to great lengths to ensure that. Even the characterisation is intriguing. A publicity photo of the film compared the profile of actor Tom Cruise to the actual Claus von Stauffenberg, and you can see how similar they are. But it doesn't stop there, other actos such as Bill Nighy also bears striking resemblance to his character, Friedrich Olbricht.

Overall, this is not something you would want to miss. Especially if you are a fan of war dramas.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Bryan Singer's visionary direction
- Historically accurate
- Good characterisation

The Bad [-0]
- (None)

100 - 0 = 100 points

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