Valkyrie (2008)

“Look them in the eye. They’ll remember you” – Col. Claus von Stauffenberg

Number of Times Seen – 2 (16 Mar 2009 and 24 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the story of the plot to assassinate Hitler that was hatched by a number of his senior military and political figures.

My Take on it – This is an interesting idea for a film since most World War II films focus more on the Allied side of things instead of the internal forces within the German side.

Despite the fact that most people are aware of the inevitable ending of this story, they do a great job keeping things exciting and captivating the entire time.

Tom Cruise, on paper would probably seem like a terrible choice to lead this film, but he actually does quite a fine job here since there is no real need for his character to try and steal the spotlight from the story itself which is so fascinating to watch unfold.

The supporting cast is also quite good and they help give the story such a great ambiance of an ensemble story as we watch how things move along while every one involved is clearly under extreme stress and pressure during these events.

Director Bryan Singer does a wonderful job keeping this story so interesting and thrilling from start to end.

Bottom Line – Cruise actually does a fine job here especially with his ability to keep the spotlight away from just himself but instead allow us to focus on the storyline itself.  Despite being aware of the eventual outcome of the story, it was still captivating to watch from beginning to end. The supporting cast is also quite impressive and they manage to give us a great ensemble story that keeps this thrilling until the inevitable end. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film grossed 200 million dollars worldwide making it the fifth highest-grossing World War II film of all-time. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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12 thoughts on “Valkyrie (2008)

  1. Good review. I saw this film when it was originally released – and it was very good. Always difficult to pull off a historical film when the audience knows the ending – but there was enough I didn’t know – that made it work. Plus, when you factor in that we know going in that the assassination attempt on Hitler failed – the fact that Singer could orchestrate the suspense he did in that whole linchpin sequence was quite impressive. I agree that Cruise was very good in this as well. And yes, most WW II films focus on the Allied side of things – but for all intents and purposes – this focuses on the “good” German officers who knew that Hitler was dangerous and tried to take him out. There have been other films – wet in either WW I or II – where it was from the Germans POV – DAS BOOT, THE BLUE MAX – but still gave the “allied” audience a rooting interest – in the characters – even if not specifically for Axis soldiers.

    I was also surprised to read that the film did well. I thought it kind of sunk at the box office. As to the other comments – ranking Cruise’s best 5 films – I’ll add my list: 1). Jerry Maguire 2) A Few Good Men 3). Rain Man 4).Risky Business 5). Edge of Tomorrow with a tie for 6th between The Firm, and Born on the 4th of July

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