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Anthropoid (2016)

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ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of "Operation Anthropoid," the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives' mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.

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Cast

Cillian Murphy
as Josef Gabcík
Jamie Dornan
as Jan Kubis
Charlotte Le Bon
as Marie Kovárníková
Toby Jones
as Jan Zelenka-Hajský
Harry Lloyd
as Adolf Opálka
Anna Geislerová
as Lenka Fafková
Marcin Dorocinski
as Ladislav Vanek
Bill Milner
as Ata Moravec
Sam Keeley
as Josef Bublík
Jirí Simek
as Karel Curda
Jirí Simek
as Karel Curda
Mish Boyko
as Jan Hrubý
Václav Neuzil
as Josef Valcík
Andrej Polak
as Jaroslav Svarc
Alena Mihulová
as Mrs. Moravcová
Brian Caspe
as Antonin
Sara Arnsteinova
as Woman at 44
Hana Frejkova
as Mrs. Lukesova
Sean Mahon
as Dr. Eduard
Jan Hájek
as Bretislav Bauman
Pavel Reznícek
as Mr. Moravec
Jan Hájek
as Bretislav Bauman
Justin Svoboda
as German Officer at Dance Hall
Jan Jankovsky
as German Soldier #1
Jaroslav Psenicka
as German Soldier #2
Detlef Bothe
as Reinhard Heydrich
Martin Hofmann
as Repair Man
John Martin
as Man at Assassination
Igor Bares
as Butcher
Frantisek Stupka
as Jewish Man
Roman Zach
as Father Petrek
Marek Motlicek
as Gestapo Officer
Jan Budar
as Josef Chalupsky
Ondrej Malý
as Torturer
Miroslav Lhotka
as German Soldier at Church
Petr Kotik
as Gestapo Officer
Marek Pospichal
as Undertaker
Nicolai Borger
as German Soldier at Barricade
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Critic Reviews for Anthropoid

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The movie builds - something infinitely preferable to a bold, brash beginning followed by a descent into anti-climax.

August 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though Anthropoid lacks narrative ambition, the film justifies its reason for being thanks to a devastating final half-hour.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Anthropoid reduces a riveting and resonant piece of WW2 history to moral muddle and monotonous filmmaking. Talk about an opportunity missed.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A lot of the time the experience of the movie is like looking at a very long wobbly rectangle, and the frequently abrupt cutting doesn't help.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While it's easy to sneer at the romantic subplot, it serves to humanize the characters and convey their intense fear. Otherwise we know too little about them - beyond the fact they are all impossibly good-looking.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A post-script details the aftermath of the movie's action, which seems to underscore the point that war is hell. To that point, so is "Anthropoid."

August 12, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anthropoid

½

Anthropoid is one of those rare thrillers that actually educates viewers. The plot is based on the WWII operation to assassinate the Reich's third in command, Reinhard Heydrich. A group of Czechoslovakian soldiers chose to follow orders, a rather commendable action that the film throughly explores. Disregarding their own fates, they chose to do what they believed was the right decision made by government officials in London. They knew the power that Heydrich held in Czechoslovakia and was a valuable asset to the Nazi regime. The beauty of this film, is that I knew nothing about Operation Anthropoid. Having watched this I've taken several pieces of information away therefore proving to be a successful representation of the story. The cast were all pretty good, especially Jamie Dornan who conveyed that vulnerability really well. The legend though, and I use that word with great power, is Cillian Murphy. Possibly one of the most underrated actors working today, he was superb yet again. The more serious and level headed of the pair, he showed emotional conviction and a sense of authority. One thing I did notice was that the forced Czech accents were fading in certain scenes, I'm not the biggest fan of English actors putting on fake European accents. Sean Ellis was a solid director, the final act alone impressed me. Oh and the last five minutes...palpable. Some really beautiful cinematography and was able to capture the tension terrifically. The production design was also fitting, it felt like 1940's Prague and I couldn't tell if any green screen backdrops were used so it looked authentic to me. My biggest negative is the pacing. The first half is so slow and monotonous that I was convinced this was going to go no where. Second half? BOOM! Action, thrills, tension! Perfect for a big screen iteration. The third act is just relentless war...definitely captivating. I also wished the screenplay explored the consequences of the assassination attempt, there was just one scene. Overall though, a slow first half leads to a thrilling second half. Educational and exciting.

Luke Andrews
Luke Andrews

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this lively take on a plot to assassinate #3 on the list of Nazis terrorizing Europe during WWll. Part of the reason why is the gentle underscore of fear throughout the piece and how it is a minute by minute battle to live with it, how demoralizing it is in the face of completing your assigned mission, particularly if your mission means certain death for yourselves. Riveting and provocative, the romances thrown into the mix only accent the action, not divert from it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Flat characters and a slow plot hinder a dynamic tale from World War II history from getting off the ground. The acting was good, with fine (if unimaginative) costumes and hair styling, but otherwise the film lacks the polish one would expect from this type of film. If this film is trying to measure up to "Valkyrie", it has come up short.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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