VALKYRIE – 5 Movie Clips, 2 TV Spots and 2 Featurette’s

     December 21, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

By now all of you have heard about “Valkyrie”. It’s the Tom Cruise movie where he plays a German that tries to kill Hitler during WW2.

For many months, all I’d heard about “Valkyrie” was bad buzz. It didn’t help that the release date kept changing, and rumors about everyone’s accents (in the movie) being different added to the drama. But I managed to see the movie and have to say, I enjoyed it. Solid action, a great cast, and Bryan Singer’s direction all led to a movie I’d definitely recommend. The problem is…I don’t know who is really excited to see it.

Here’s the thing…I’m fascinated by history. Back in High School and College, history courses were some of the few I excelled in. So a movie about Nazi Germany that tells a true story that I didn’t know much about…I was very interested in it. But I also know I’m not the norm…

Thankfully, even if you know what happens, the film does a great job building up tension and keeping you guessing…the only negative is…if you don’t know much about Nazi Germany and the leaders of the era, the movie doesn’t do a lot of explaining. It just assumes you know the major players.

Look, I know a lot of you have already decided the film isn’t worth seeing based on the early buzz. Just know the film is worth checking out.

Anyway…we’ve been provided a ton of clips and featurette’s so take a look below the official synopsis:

In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, VALKYRIE, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (CRUISE) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Director Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) re-teams with Academy Award-winning USUAL SUSPECTS screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to bring to life the story of the men who led the operation to assassinate Hitler. The film also stars an acclaimed cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel and Terence Stamp.

A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and overthrow his Nazi government from the inside.

With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, von Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.

The film was shot in Germany at various locations where many of the actual events occurred, including the historic Bendlerblock.

Featurette – Based on a true story

Featurette – Through Bryan’s eyes

Clip 1 – Plenty of time

Clip 2 – North Africa

Clip 3 – Not all like him

Clip 4 – Redeem yourself

Clip 5 – It didn’t go off

TV Spot – Deadlier

TV Spot – Untold story

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