Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Title: Valkyrie
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Biopic, Thriller and War
Running Time: 2 hour.0 minutes
Release Date: December 25th, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13

Review: I saw this movie in a drive-in theater which, although really fun, it was somewhat distracting (the cars in front of us which smuggled people into the movie in their trunks comes to mind) and it takes something away from the whole movie experience, and, perhaps from the movie itself. There is therefore a possibility that this movie would have received a better review/grade if watched in a regular movie theater.

The biggest problem with Valkyrie is that you know how it is going to end. That is, however, not an excuse (Titanic suffered from the same condition, but it was still a huge success). The difference is that, in Titanic, the storyline goes on from the beginning like it has no clue as to what is going to happen in the end, whereas Valkyrie has a dreary sense of impending failure throughout the whole film. The film has no hope. I found this surprising since I would expect, when you are plotting to kill Hitler, you would be hopeful; hopeful to succeed, hopeful to make a better world, hopeful for a better tomorrow.
But the film is not all bad. It is meticulously created with an eye for every detail, and it looks authentic. I would not waste a theater ticket on this one. If you want to see it, just Netflix it sometime later this year.

Grade: 5

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