Sunday, November 29, 2009

VALKYRIE

Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann


"Many saw evil. They dared to stop it."


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This film based on actual events unveils a plot to assassinate Hitler at the height of the second World War. It is a gripping suspenseful thriller about an operation hatched by top ranking members of Hitler's Third Reich.

The movie delved straight into the rigors of the operation. It showed the intricate planning, the roles each character played in the plot, the actual execution of Operation Valkyrie as well as the aftermath after its dismal failure. Although it is teeming with too many characters for my coherent comprehension and most of them portrayed by British actors with British accents, it still succeeded in narrating a chapter in history not often told. It still conveyed through dramatic sequences along with loud blaring music for maximum effect, the main aim of the plot - to kill Hitler.

Before this film, I didn't know that there were several attempts to kill one of the most hated men in history. Then to find out through this film that a plot was orchestrated by disgruntled members of his inner circle was quite a revelation. It completely changed my view about the Germans. For years I've often wondered how the citizens of Germany could tolerate such atrocities to be committed against the Jews, now I know better.

One of the central characters involved in the plot uttered: "We have to show the world that not all of us are like him. Otherwise, this will always be Hitler's Germany." So this film restored my firm belief in the good nature of mankind. In particular, that not all Germans wholeheartedly and blindly supported the Fuhrer and what he vilely stood for as documented in the annals of history books.

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