Saturday, June 17, 2017
The real-life plot to kill Adolf Hitler makes for a so-so story on the big screen.
Valkyrie, from director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), boasts an all-star cast.
The roster of talent includes Tom Cruise (A Few Good Men), Kenneth Branagh (Henry V), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Terence Stamp (Superman II).
Cruise is Col. Claus von Stauffenberg. He's convinced Germany is better without the Nazi leader and agrees to head a plot to kill Hitler.
"Change must be made," von Stauffenberg declares early on in this 2008 release.
Some scenes drip with tension, but overall Valkyrie doesn't grip the viewer with its tale of the most well-known attempt to strike Hitler down.
Valkyrie is a disappointment.
Reel Popcorn Junkie is a reporter with a newspaper in the province of Ontario in Canada. He began writing film reviews when he was a student at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. Reel Popcorn Junkie continues to write entertainment copy for a daily newspaper, but not film reviews. Reel Popcorn Junkie always orders a regular popcorn, with no butter, when he attends the cinema.