Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.
Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a central player, he finds himself tasked with both leading the coup and personally killing the Führer.
Let's be honest, Valkyrie should never have worked, should it? Hollywood taking a true-life story about a heroic rebellion inside the Nazi regime during World War Two, and throwing all-American cheese meister Tom Cruise into the lead role of a German Colonel, throughout which he speaks with a traditional American brogue. Combine all those elements, it really should have been a car crash... yet it actually works really rather well, arguably down to the proven combo of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie; two superb talents who rein Cruise's charm in here and allow a very dark, very tragic tale to unfold in a largely effective way. It's no spoiler to tell you at this point: there is no…
I remember being really skeptical about this when it was released and I’ve avoided seeing it for the longest time, because it all seemed very sketchy to me to have the events portrayed in this (almost) entirely played by American actors. Having now seen it I can happily say that they didn’t screw it up, but it’s still lacking in some aspects.
It’s generally very conventional and doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, but it’s competently made and with a decent amount of attention to detail. Tom Cruise almost manages to somewhat pull off Stauffenberg to a certain extent, it’s just an odd bit of casting to be quite honest and I think or at least hope there…
So what if you know the ending? It's all so well put together that you can't help but be drawn in, and will find yourself desperately hoping that Cruise and his team of crack British actors will succeed in their bid to assassinate Hitler.
McQuarrie and Singer craft a surprisingly good WWII drama, apparently moulded in the style of the old school WWII epics of the past.
By 'old school' I mean: excellent production values; a particular eye for visual detail; a massive Hollywood star; back up from top-line British character-acting talent/old gits and it being based on an impossibly-exciting true story from the time.
A decent amount of tension is generated considering we know how it ends, it's just a shame it appears they couldn't agree if the cast were going to attempt German accents or not.
Suspense to the max!
Bryan Singer does a marvelous job delivering an edge of your seat thrill ride from 10 minutes in until the final moments of the film. Very well paced. The film lacks characters really-any type of depth to them would have been nice. Cruise's character had the most potential with the family aspect but the film doesn't really spend a single moment on anything like that-it's all the plot. Kill Hitler-take back the Government. That's it-as simple as simple can be.
So overall the film delivers on the suspense level-lacks everything else-I felt nothing for these guys-I wasn't even really rooting for them to succeed-I knew what was at stake and the only thing that DID make me want these guys to succeed was just the common knowledge of how much evil and death Hitler dished out.
Bryan Singer's WWII conspiracy thriller is a well executed film. Concerned more with how than why, Valkyrie engages with a surprising amount of tension especially in its final act. But with so much of the film focused on how this conspiracy went down, it neglects to focus on connecting with the audience emotionally. You side with Stauffenberg because he is against Hitler, not because you believe in his conviction. However saying that Tom Cruise does wonders as Stauffenberg and the rest of the cast of British veterans do an excellent job. Their combined performances enhance the film and Singer's skill at creating tension is the key to its success. Although the film looks gorgeous, it does have a distinct Hollywood touch to it, but that doesn't distract from the enthralling plot. A flawed but engaging thriller.
Valkyrie is an awesome, action war drama that puts to light one of the most ambitious coups during the reign of the Nazis during the second World War. Though a flawed film, Valkyrie is a suspenseful film and is very well acted. People seem to give this film bad press because of Tom Cruise's involvement in the project. He gives performance and this is one of his best since The Last Samurai. However many film goers judge Cruise's casting due to the fact that he's a Scientologist. Just because he's part of a cult doesn't make his performance suffer. A well made and told film about the July 20th 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Valkyrie is a terrific Thriller…
what the hell.
A superb piece of film-making from Bryan Singer and starring Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp and even Eddie Izzard.
The story of Operation: Valkyire was the assassination attempt against Adolph Hitler, bringing down the Nazi party from the inside and saving Europe from 'Hitler's Germany'. Led by Colonel Von Staffenbury (Cruise) and a band of trusted fellow miliraty powers, the story is as gripping as it is thrilling as the operation is planned, plotted and executed.
As I read somewhere about the film, it is not so much the final outcome, but the details in what leads the plan TO the outcome.
With brilliant cinematography, wonderful acting from a top-notch cast and a really tense and exciting story, this is a very different kind of war film which is sure to please and surprise!
Interesting...I don't plan on watching it again.
Viewed on DVD
It still bothers me when there is one actor, usually the lead, that has a different accent than anyone else. If you are substituting German accents for British ones (which I'm ok with), make it consistent. I liked that the film started off in German then switched (nicely, in fact).
Either have an all American Cast or an all British Cast is all I'm asking.
This a soft 4/5 but it's still pretty good. I don't know why people didn't like this one because it's not that bad. There were parts I really liked and it was just a flat out entertaining movie. It's one of the better Hollywood WW2 dramas out there.
Surprisingly suspenseful, given we already know the outcome, this WWII thriller has a strong performance from Cruise and a fine supporting cast of mostly British thesps
O filme é bom só não consigo entender porque todo o exército alemão fala inglês.