There were many assassination attempts during Hitler's famous reign. One of the most famous of these was by a man called Claus von Stauffenberg. Valkyrie is a movie that recreates this story and features Tom Cruise in the lead role as von Stauffenberg.
At first it seemed like a strange decision to cast Tom Cruise in this role because this is a very big part and commands a really good performance from a top-notch actor. Luckily Cruise fulfilled that role brilliantly and definitely pulled it off. His character was modest on occasions, and quite subtle at times, but he was also highly focused and determined, and this definitely came across on screen.
The movie itself sticks very closely to the real-life events that actually took place. Some of the scenes may include a little artistic license where certain events have been altered slightly to create a more suspenseful story, but it is essentially based on a true story.
As a viewer you are continually drawn along and involved in the story. The suspense builds and builds as we see a great number of men put their lives on the line in order to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing down Hitler.
The movie gets it's name from the name of this mission, Operation Valkyrie, and it basically involves launching attacks on Hitler's troops using the reserve army. Claus von Stauffenberg appears to be a hero figure for a long time, but we start to see that his motives may not appear to be as they seem.
You may automatically assume that this could well be a fairly average movie due to the fact that we already know that this mission cannot possibly succeed, because it didn't succeed in real life. However there is still a real feeling of suspense and it really is a very exciting movie overall, with lots of action. Things suddenly start going wrong for von Stauffenberg and his men, and you suddenly start wondering how the movie will end, and what the consequences will be.
To sum up, Valkyrie really was an excellent movie and it is definitely up there with many other high quality war films. The casting of Tom Cruise could have been a disaster, but it now looks like an inspired choice, and the film itself was beautifully made and had a really gripping story throughout. Overall it is definitely worth watching if you haven't already had the pleasure of watching it before.