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Jan 12, 2009

Fletch's Mini Film Review: Valkyrie

Solid if unspectacular historical drama. Tom Cruise heads up a top-notch (and mostly British) cast including Bill Nighy (looking reptilian), Kenneth Branaugh, Carice Van Houten and Terrence Stamp. Director Bryan Singer re-teams with Christopher McQuarrie, the screenwriter from the project (The Usual Suspects) that made them both up-and-coming stars over a decade ago. While they've made nothing to be ashamed of, Valkyrie will ultimately be a forgettable action-drama. It's an awkward feeling film along the lines of Blood Diamond in that it can't seem to make up its mind whether or not to fall more on the side of action or serious drama, alternating between the two and never settling strongly on either. It does win major points, however, for creating and sustaining a suspenseful, heist-evoking setup despite the fact that the audience knows the ending going in.

Fletch's Film Rating:

"Darn tootin!"

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Farzan said...

Great movie, have a review up for it too. Cruise was awesome in this film. Operation Valkyrie is in effect!

Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Valkyrie on the big screen and definitely recommend it to those who have not yet seen it.

Darren Todd said...

The biggest beef I've heard is with the accents - namely, that there was little consistency there.
I enjoyed it, and reviewed it as well, though I don't think there's much replay value there.