Valkyrie (2008)



Critic Consensus: Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.

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A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan--known as Operation Valkyrie--these men plot to assassinate the dictator and over-throw his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
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Tom Cruise
as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Kenneth Branagh
as Major-General Henning von Tresckow
Bill Nighy
as General Friedrich Olbricht
Tom Wilkinson
as General Friedrich Fromm
Carice van Houten
as Nina Von Stauffenberg
Thomas Kretschmann
as Maj. Otto Ernst Remer
Terence Stamp
as Gen. Ludwig Beck
Eddie Izzard
as Gen. Erich Fellgiebel
Kevin McNally
as Dr. Carl Goerdeler
Christian Berkel
as Col. Mertz von Quirnheim
Jamie Parker
as Lt. Werner von Haeften
David Bamber
as Adolf Hitler
Tom Hollander
as Col. Heinz Brandt
David Schofield
as Erwin von Witzleben
Kenneth Cranham
as Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
Halina Reijn
as Margarethe von Oven
Werner Daehn
as Maj. Ernst John von Freyend
Waldemar Kobus
as Police Chief Wolf-Heinrich von Helldorf
Florian Panzner
as Second Lt. Hagen
Ian McNeice
as Pompous General
Chris Larkin
as Sgt. Helm
Matthew Burton
as Lt. General Adolf Heusinger
Philipp von Schulthess
as Tresckow's Aide
Christian Oliver
as Sgt. Major Adam
Bernard Hill
as Confident General - Desert
Julian Morris
as Young Lieutenant - Desert
Helmut Stauss
as Dr. Roland Freisler
Anton Algrang
as Albert Speer
Matthias Freihof
as Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler
Gerard Haase-Hindenberg
as Reich Marshal Hermann Göring
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Critic Reviews for Valkyrie

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (43)

Valkyrie, as field-commanded by director Bryan Singer, succeeds on its own terms as a handsome hybrid of conspiracy thriller and history lesson, of Mission: Impossible and The Day of the Jackal.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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As old-fashioned historical escapism goes, this is solid, compelling stuff.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Surely there is some middle ground between a history lesson and mindless action-adventure. The people who made Valkyrie not only didn't find that ground; they weren't even looking for it.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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It is a well-made film that raises timeless questions about the demands of military duty when they are placed in conflict with higher principles.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008
TIME Magazine
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What if this lesser-known chapter of German resistance had been more deeply captured? What if the moral conflicts running through this movie about love of country and revolt said more about Germany, war and, yes, genocide?

December 30, 2008
Denver Post
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Singer keeps the conspiracy racing to its fated conclusion.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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Anyone who has seen The Desert Fox will be familiar with this story, but instead of concentrating on Rommel, it examines the role of Claus Von Stauffenberg in the plot to assassinate Hitler after many of his officers began to question not only his tactics but his sanity. The theme of the two films is actually very similar; to show that not all of the German military or its people were Nazis, and there were some who were willing to sacrifice their lives to try and stop him. For me the most interesting part of the film takes place after the bombing when a plan is implemented to take over Berlin and I had no idea how far it went into effect and how close it came to succeeding; I can't help but wonder how different the world would be now if Olbricht had shown a bit more backbone or the meeting hadn't been moved to an outside location. From a technical point of view, it's unsurprisingly very solid, with classy direction from Bryan Singer and quality performances all round, although as usual it is very difficult to divorce tiny Tom from his screen persona. In all it's a very interesting history lesson that inevitably suffers from the fact that we all know how the story is going to play out and suffers in comparison to the gut wrenching intensity of Downfall. A good, solid war film nonetheless.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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Historical drama. A number of inside attempts were made by Germans to assassinate Hitler. This movie tells the story of one of those plots. Tom Cruise leads a group of men to assassinate Hitler. Even though you know that Hitler committed suicide in real life, the movie makes you wish the outcome was different. Good story and cast. Only problem - everyone uses their own accents.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

They conquered all Europe, the Nazis, so how could they fail assassinating the one madman behind it all, I've often wondered. Singer manages to put a human face on the proceedings, a true explanation, though more actual German inclusion would've been welcome in this retort to the countless "they're all evil" films out there. Tense and gripping, the work only suffers in that the subject is perhaps larger than a mere film can contain. Nonetheless a very good work.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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