The Phoenix Network:
 
 
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
 

Review: Valkyrie

You know the bad guys win, so what's the point?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2008
2.0 2.0 Stars


VIDEO: The trailer for Valkyrie

Bryan Singer has a thing for Nazis, but his best work on the subject was the origin-of-Magneto sequence in X-Men. Here he peaks with the opening-credit sequence, which spells out "WALKÜRE" in a title card like one from the old Babelsberg Studios. Creepy. Then Tom Cruise enters and all atmosphere evaporates.

As Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, Cruise brings a steely earnestness to lines like "We've got to kill Hitler." So why not come up with this brilliant idea back in 1933 instead of waiting till after D-Day, when the war was nearly over? Be that as it may, and despite its having every major British actor not in the next Harry Potter, watching Valkyrie is like watching a tape of last year's Super Bowl. You know the bad guys win, so what's the point?

Maybe the colonel and company should have confronted their culpability rather than bemoan the chance misplacement of an exploding briefcase.

  Topics: Reviews , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Adolf Hitler,  More more >
| More


[ 07/30 ]   BridgeFest  @ BridgeFest
[ 07/30 ]   "Graphic Design: Now in Production,"  @ RISD Museum
ARTICLES BY PETER KEOUGH
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BUFFET DINING: THE 15TH BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 19, 2013
    "Copraphagy" is a key word at this year's Boston Underground Film Festival at the Brattle.
  •   REVIEW: GINGER & ROSA  |  March 19, 2013
    Sally Potter likes to mess around with form and narrative.
  •   UNDERGROUND CINEMA: THE 12TH BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL  |  March 12, 2013
    This year's Boston Turkish Film Festival includes works in which directors ponder the relationships between the secular and the religious, between men and women, and between destiny and identity.
  •   REVIEW: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III  |  March 12, 2013
    In Roman Coppola's sophomoric second feature (his 2001 debut CQ was promising), Charlie Sheen shows restraint as the titular asshole, a dissolute ad designer and solipsistic whiner who's mooning over the loss of his latest love.
  •   REVIEW: UPSIDE DOWN  |  March 14, 2013
    Had Ed Wood Jr. directed Fritz Lang's Metropolis , he couldn't have achieved the earnest dopiness of Juan Solanas's sci-fi allegory — nor the striking images.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH



  |  Sign In  |  Register
 
thePhoenix.com:
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
TODAY'S FEATURED ADVERTISERS
Copyright © 2014 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group