• 2009-03-04
  • By Jana Belugina

SHUT DOWN: Much like Stauffenberg's attempt at a coup, Cruise's hopes for an Oscar were not meant to be.

Directed by Bryan Singer

Valkyrie is a historical drama that masterfully blurs the border between the commercial blockbuster and documentary. It is the story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who was one of the few that realized that Hitler is evil and is only destroying Germany.
Alongside a team of resistance fighters, von Stauffenberg develops a very daring plan to kill Hitler so that the group can take power into their hands. Von Stauffenberg is promoted as the head of the plan and its main ideologist.

He rewrites the plan for Operation Valkyrie, allowing for the mobilization of the Reserve Army that is kept within Germany within just three hours should something happen to Hitler and communication is disrupted.
Hitler is impressed and signs the plan after taking a quick look at it, not knowing that he is signing his own scheduled death warrant. From that moment on, the machine of the plot sets its course.
Of course this is a film based on a true story, so do not expect a Hollywood style happy ending 's even children know that Hitler was not killed and obviously the operation ultimately failed.

The movie is all about portraying Colonel Stauffenberg as a hero. In reality, however, when taking into consideration all of the historical facts which are not included in the film, his deeds are not at all heroic.
Tom Cruise, who plays the main character, is inimitable and was obviously hoping for an Oscar, though in the end neither the movie nor Cruise got one.

It is not a bad movie for those who enjoy pure history that can be read in any middle school textbook, but it has a very predictable plot and slow action with dark overtones that doesn't make it easy to watch.

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