Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Dec 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After Adolph Hitler appoints one of his top men in charge of Czechoslovakia, the resistance tries to find a way to stop the policies of this new commander.
My Take on it – This is a film that has so much potential yet the choice to merge two sides of a story together instead of presenting one story truly hurts any real impact it could have.
Reinhard Heydrich was one of Hitler’s best men and was very meticulous in his work and the first half of this film begins to show that side of him really well.
Jason Clarke is superb in the role of Heydrich and Rosamund Pike is equally compelling as his devoted wife who led him on his oath to power.
Both of their performances are unfortunately hindered by their lack of screen time since they are mostly only featured for half the film.
They were quite a powerful duo and this is unfortunate that they are limited here.
The second half of the film deals with the perspective of the resistance and it too is quite compelling but like the first half of the film, their story is hindered by the true lack of screen time too.
The film Anthropoid (2016) tells the side of the resistance much more succinctly and to the point than this film is allowed to do.
If they had just stuck to one of the two stories, it would have been a much more compelling and interesting film even if the main focus would be on a very powerful Nazi Officer.
Bottom Line – Great idea but they merge the story into two sub stories which hurts the impact that it would have had they been distinct stories. Clarke is amazing in the role of Heydrich but he is only prominently featured in the first half of the film which takes away from this superb performance. Pike is also great as his wife, but she too has limited screen time and instead of getting a film about this powerful couple, we only get half a story. The second half of the story is told from the perspective of the Resistance and that too feels hindered by the fact that they only get half of the time to tell their story. Anthropoid (2016) does a much better job presenting that story. If they had just stuck to telling the story about Heydrich, this would have been a much better film despite the focus being on a powerful Nazi. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original working title of this film, “HHhH”, is a war-time Gestapo acronym for Himmlers Hirn heißt Heydrich (“Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”) (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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