Valkyrie

  • 12
  • Bryan Singer (2008)
  • US / Ger
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

In 1944 a group of disillusioned German officers led by the aristocratic Claus von Stauffenberg hatched a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and forge a truce with the Allies. X-Men's Bryan Singer (working again with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie) turns this footnote in German history into a predictable wartime drama, which is somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer star power of Tom Cruise and by Singer's breakneck direction. Cruise is supported by the cream of British acting talent (including Kenneth Branagh, Terence Stamp and a top-notch Bill Nighy) as his co-conspirators. However, we learn nothing significant about Cruise's eye-patched hero, and character shading and subtlety is largely sacrificed in an attempt to ratchet up the suspense and keep the action epic. But if you can ignore the dodgy German-accented English (and the fact that the outcome is already known) and accept it as a straightforward B-movie assassination thriller, then Valkyrie is a reasonably satisfying effort.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama based on a true story, starring Tom Cruise. As Germany continues to fight a seemingly unwinnable war, dissent begins to grow against Hitler among his senior politicians and high-ranking military officers. It falls to decorated hero Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg to lead a plot to kill the Führer and seize control of Berlin.

Cast and crew

Cast

Claus von Stauffenberg
Tom Cruise
Henning von Tresckow
Kenneth Branagh
Friedrich Olbricht
Bill Nighy
Friedrich Fromm
Tom Wilkinson
Nina von Stauffenberg
Carice van Houten
Otto Ernst Remer
Thomas Kretschmann
Ludwig Beck
Terence Stamp
Erich Fellgiebel
Eddie Izzard
Adolf Hitler
David Bamber
Dr Carl Goerdeler
Kevin McNally
Erwin von Witzleben
David Schofield

Crew

Director
Bryan Singer

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Jan 2009
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Drama