Nothing too inventive from Usual Suspects director

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 September 2010

Valkyrie (12A) Director Bryan Singer Starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, Carice van Houten, Tom Wilkinson 120 mins Three star rating No time or space for a full review of this Where Eagles Dare in reverse thriller about a plot

Valkyrie (12A)

Director Bryan Singer Starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, Carice van Houten, Tom Wilkinson

120 mins

Three star rating

No time or space for a full review of this Where Eagles Dare in reverse thriller about a plot among German officers to assassinate Hitler in the summer of 1944.

Like the Jack Higgins bestselling thriller, prior to its release everybody was convinced that this would be a flop but in the States it has been a moderate success.

The belief of the plotters was that if senior military figures acted then Germany would be spared the historical stain of being forever linked with Hitler.

The film's success is a mark of their failure - audiences still love anything to do with the Nazis.

Director Singer is reunited with Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie, who is going from one of cinema's most surprising finales to one of its biggest foregone conclusions.

He doesn't find any inventive ways to subvert this but the film is solidily diverting in a Sunday evening TV drama way.

Every character is German but they are played by a mixture of American, British and German actors. I didn't think I'd be using the term Spoiler in this review but see if you can guess which country's Nazis let the plot down. Yes, it's the theatrical, British Nazis who wimp out at the decisive moments.

Not content with sidelining Britain's role in winning the war, we are now getting blamed for keeping Hitler in power.


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