The stiff and awkward performance that Cruise gives is not what's at fault here (indeed it is entirely appropriate for someone like Stauffenberg). The film's credibility however takes a serious hit from its uncritical and romanticized apologia (good aristocrat against bad nazis; erm...no.) and is only buoyed up, at least as entertainment, because it pulls no punches as a fast-paced political thriller.
Yet another moral vanity project for Hollywood, Singer & Cruise. Valkyrie enlists an incredible cast of English actors to play second fiddle to Cruise's frankly odd portrayal of how he thought Staffenberg should be played. Wooden is an understatement and the film falls somewhere between 'Allo 'Allo and Where Eagles Dare if R.W. Fassbinder were directing them - which is not a good thing. Boring. -D.
There's so much drama in the actual historical event and it's all washed away in this tepid effort where Tom Cruise spends most of his time taking out his glass eye and putting it back in and answering phones with a frightful look on his face. The earliest take on the attempted assassination of Hitler, Der 20. Juli, from the Fifties, is easily better. (Although I am not sure there are English subtitles for that one.)
Bello, nonostante qualche scelta non proprio azzeccata (tipo trasformare Cruise in un personaggio da fumetto che, nel contesto di un film storico di questo tipo, stona non poco). La tensione è ben costruita e la storia vera del colpo di stato è ben raccontata. *** e 1/2
Singer builds suspense masterfully; in places it felt very Hitchcockian to me. He makes the most of a talented cast, with eerie resemblances to the real life figures, and a stately, spectacle-free presentation. Not to mention, the story itself is just so fascinating and compelling that the flaws and contrivances (yes, British Nazis are at first distracting) don't add up to much.
My exgirlfriend was asking me in the movies, if the tanks, cars and fighter planes where from the nazis of the allies. I honestly liked the movie, it was entertaining and intresting to see nazis turning on hitler. This actually happend, dont know what persent is true that is shown in the movie, but its enough to say, hey, nazi pirate, u cool man, too bad it took a bomb to make u realize and not slaughtering people.
Like War of the Worlds, this movie was quickly dismissed because of the stigma around Tom Cruise. This is a Hitchcockian thriller that brilliantly manipulates you into hoping for an outcome that you already know is not in the cards. Long live sacred Germany!