Valkyrie
Valkyrie
PG-13 | 25 December 2008 (USA)
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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.

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Maidexpl

Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast

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AnhartLinkin

This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.

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AshUnow

This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.

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Donald Seymour

This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.

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davidlavelle-488-38455

A rare modern true story of ww2 that captures the feeling of being there that many war films fall short. Tense, brave, heroic, unbelievable!

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doublevinegar

Very well directed and well acted. It's highly suspenseful for a film about a real life event the outcomes of which are well known. I was engaged and on the edge of my seat through out the whole film. Even as you watch the ill fated coup unfold, you can't help but root for the characters and worry about them. I was moved by the officers' courage and nerves despite their motives not being very pure from a non German's POV. Tom Cruise did well, more subdued and wary than his usual performances. Fromm and Abrecht's characters are both handled with nuance. I also really like the adjutant to Stauffenberg, he's assured, committed, perhaps feels even more reliable than some higher ranked officers. His last moments made me tear up, fearless and loyal. The professional critics were wrong, their criticism were very shallow, many of them devoted half their piece to bitching about the accents. International audience like me don't care about such thing.

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tankace

Valkyrie is the story of a team of German officers during WW2, who after fearing for the progress of the war, they make a plan in order to assassinate Hitler ,seize power and then make peace with the advancing allied forces. When I was in my teens I really loved that movie for I had a major crash with anything related to history, after I though that it didn't worth and now I see as a quit accurate adaptations of this real life conspiracy, which not many people know it.As for casting, the actors were extremely similar to their counterparts, with Tom Cruise seeming to be a twin to Claus Von Staufebenrf, the protagonist and main character to the flick. The cinematography is amazing and the sets are as accurate as they get, what do you expect Bryan Signer of the X-men directed it. But anyway as all we know basic history is it obvious what was the result of the conspiracy.Man I think that if they had Eric Lenscher (Magneto) with them things would have been different.;)Now there are some inaccuracies here and there and some thinks that were changed but over all the crew tried to be as authentic as possible and be faithful to the history and the did it. When you adapt a story from a novel ,a comic book, a historical event it is impossible to be 100% accurate, some changes for production sake and keeping the run time in reasonable length, but the most important think is the film present to the audience the main facts and present them as close to reality as that is possible. Here that is a bit easier for the story is focus mainly in Germany and the whole story is started in March 1943 and ended in July 1944. The last part is crucial for may saved the movie from becoming like Alexander of Oliver Stone or Bayhem Pearl Harbor. It focuses in one story of a bigger period and didn't try to make it as complex as possible but as good as it could be. Just think the most well known and praised WW2 movies, like some my favorites Saving Private Ryan, Letters from Iwo Jima, Das Boot, the Great Escape, the Downfall, the Pianist and Schindler's list. All focused in one in event of character and play the story as it went and showed the way the people reacted. This way is more easy, it helps the audience to relate to the characters and it can then focus to make the settings and costume accurate.As conspiracies shown in movies go this is one of the best , because it is grounded to reality and simple in order everyone to get the bigger picture. That is how conspiracies are made, not with absurd complicated traps and goal. For real it is impossible 9/11 and similar conspiracies to be true because are so absurd that Willie Cody will come and say :"that's stupid" !

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KnockKnock1

There's probably a foreign language (German) film that is far superior, but I think this is probably the best Hollywood attempt at this interesting subject matter. I went and saw this at the cinema, not for Tom Cruise, but because I've seen a few documentaries on the subject. This movie of course stretches credibility in parts, but let's be honest the primary reason for movies is to entertain. You want enlightenment, go read a book or watch a documentary on the subject.I'm not the biggest Tom Cruise fan, but he is excellent in roles where he is being pushed by unseen forces. He's able to create a level of tension that is believable. For proof of this, doubters can go watch The Firm, as well as the first and best Mission Impossible.

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