Valkyrie

Valkyrie

Valkyrie

The 'July 20 Plot' on Hitler's life is one of the most heroic but least known episodes of World War Two. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) returns from Africa to join the German Resistance and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler once he is dead.

But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation’s government… He must kill Hitler himself.

2008Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language86 minsUSA, Germany
DramaThrillerTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical
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Variety

Variety

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Has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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If Mr. Cruise doesn't work in Valkyrie, it's partly because he's too modern, too American and way too Tom Cruise to make sense in the role, but also because what passes for movie realism keeps changing, sometimes faster than even a star can change his brand.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Tom Cruise is perfectly satisfactory, if not electrifying, in the leading role.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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A perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Singer has crafted a fine film. One just wishes for greater details -- and a different ending.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A film more concerned with 'how' than 'why' or 'who', Valkyrie would have benefited from more scrutiny and complexity. Still, once the bomb goes off, the thrills come in spades.

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Tom Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a Wehrmacht official who loses his left eye, right hand, and a couple of fingers on his left, after him and his troops are attacked by an air raid in Tunisia. He is evacuated back to Munich, where his wife, Nina (Carice van Houten), is waiting for him. After recovery, he is recruited by General Friedrich...

3.0
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Perhaps it was because I already wiki'd a lot about this assasination attempt in anticipation of seeing the film, but I didnt really feel drawn in or that excited watching this film. It did have lots of action, but I feel that it was still all kept at one suspense level throughout. I found it was a little confusing trying to follow who everyone was (again...

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Has visual splendor galore, but is a cold work lacking in the requisite tension and suspense.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If Mr. Cruise doesn't work in Valkyrie, it's partly because he's too modern, too American and way too Tom Cruise to make sense in the role, but also because what passes for movie realism keeps changing, sometimes faster than even a star can change his brand.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Tom Cruise is perfectly satisfactory, if not electrifying, in the leading role.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A perfectly acceptable motion picture. The only thing that keeps it from even greater accomplishments may be inherent in the story itself.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Singer has crafted a fine film. One just wishes for greater details -- and a different ending.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A film more concerned with 'how' than 'why' or 'who', Valkyrie would have benefited from more scrutiny and complexity. Still, once the bomb goes off, the thrills come in spades.

3.0
0

Tom Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a Wehrmacht official who loses his left eye, right hand, and a couple of fingers on his left, after him and his troops are attacked by an air raid in Tunisia. He is evacuated back to Munich, where his wife, Nina (Carice van Houten), is waiting for him. After recovery, he is recruited by General Friedrich...

3.0
0

Perhaps it was because I already wiki'd a lot about this assasination attempt in anticipation of seeing the film, but I didnt really feel drawn in or that excited watching this film. It did have lots of action, but I feel that it was still all kept at one suspense level throughout. I found it was a little confusing trying to follow who everyone was...

3.0
0