26 March 2012

Film Review: Valkyrie (2008), by Brian Singer, ****

On the front lines in North Africa, German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) grows increasingly opposed to Adolf Hitler's policies. Following the Allied invasion of Normandy, von Stauffenberg spearheads an elaborate plan with confederates to smuggle a bomb into the Fuhrer's tightly guarded military headquarters. Based on a true story, this crackling war thriller directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects") co-stars Kenneth Branagh, Carice von Houten, and Tom Wilkinson.

A well made dramatization of a true story, an act of courage that could have changed world's hostory. It did not, and Europe had to suffer additional sorrow because of it. However it is perhaps the only episode of WW II of which Germany can be proud today. Cruise is at his best, and so are most of the other co-protagonists. A film that entertains and enlightens at the same time.

The pace is just right, not too fast but fast enough to keep you glued to the screen. Not much in terms of CGI, real vintage cars and planes, and that is a godsend!

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