Movie Review: Valkyrie


My Rating: 3Stars

This afternoon I saw the movie Valkyrie at UA Cinema, Time Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The movie started off telling the audience this was based on a true story, which I felt was the wrong thing to do. Since the story of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich were well documented, the audiences were able to guess what will happen in the reminder 116 minutes of the movie. Especially when the movie opened with Colonel Stauffenberg (played by Tom Cruise) making an entry into his diary, where he felt Hitler was destroying Germany. Within the first 5 minutes of the movie the audience knew that whatever Colonel Stauffenberg had in mind will not succeed.

The audience was left with watching the performance of the individual actors and how each character struggled during the periods, as we now know it, near the end of World War II.

This story of an attempt on Hitler’s live had been some what controversial in the past, there are also controversy surrounding the way Hitler lived out his last days. Some believed that Hitler committed suicide, yet some believed Hitler escaped the allied invasion and died many years after the war in a secret hide out.

I could not help but remember Cruise’s role in the first Mission: Impossible, where he and his team was betrayed. Not that Cruise’s character was betrayed in this movie, but I think it had to do with Cruise giving the expected performance as he did for the Ethan Hunt character from the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Overall there was not much surprise in this movie, although recreating a historical event is always hard, with the audiences’ knowledge of the events transpired. This I compliments the team of Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander for giving it a very good try.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

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