Excerpt: Bryan Singer’s first attempt at a ‘based on a true story’ picture is, to coin a term, pretty vacant. It looks nice, the acting is strong, and it’s entertaining enough but it isn’t deep. In fact, for a film that deals with such interesting subject matter as this one does, it’s remarkably shallow.
Conclusion: 'Valkyrie' is helmed by a visionary director, stars one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and tells the amazing true story of quite possibly the greatest conspiracy in the history of mankind.
Excerpt: Based on real-life events, Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie tells the story of a Nazi Colonel, Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), and a group of his fellow German Army officers, who realize the folly of Hitler’s ambitions in the waning days of WWII and decide to save what’s left of their country by...
Excerpt: Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolph Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.
Excerpt: There is an issue of casting in Valkyrie , that of convincing a wide audience Tom Cruise is a German Nazi officer. No one can possibly believe the actor would fit into the role, and to be perfectly honest, he doesn’t. That is part of the reason the first half of the film fails.
Conclusion: I'd hate to have anyone read this review and think Valkyrie is a complete waste of time. There are many entertaining elements in the film, and the subject matter is a great basis for a Hollywood production. Unfortunately, the film exhibits a little too much "Hollywood" and not enough heart.
Excerpt: 2008 seems to be a year of defied expectations. We put an African-American in the White House, The Dark Knight was not a disappointment in any way, and Tom Cruise’s latest movie doesn’t suck (and contains 0% Scientology). Nowai right?
Excerpt: Tom Cruise is back! But did he ever really go away? He's spent the last few years as more of a tabloid figure than a box office draw, but the magnetism and and intensity that made him a gigantic movie star have never left him.
Excerpt: The buzz surrounding Valkyrie has been nothing less than toxic. As its release date kept getting pushed back, the ever-growing ranks of the Tom Cruise Schadenfreude Brigade began whispering that the film would be the controversial actor’s Battlefield Earth or Gigli , a career-mangling instant...