Tom Cruise plays Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg in this film based on actual events. Stauffenberg has taken an oath to serve Hitler unconditionally but believes that the Fuehrer is ruining Germany. The Colonel attempts to convince his commanding office that they need to move tanks around to secure the armies retreat, but they are attacked and he is badly injured. After his wounds heal, he heads back to Germany and is recruited to work with a group of Germans that feel the same way about Hitler. Stauffenberg gains their trust and eventually suggests that they use a military plan called Operation Valkyrie to their advantage. Unfortunately, they must get Hitler himself to sign an altered or revised copy of the plan in order for the elaborate ruse to be effective.
The WWII story isn’t a new way for Hollywood to entertain and make money off the masses. This film however, shows us a plan that many people weren’t familiar with before it was released. I hope that people around the world have seen this film and now know that not all Germans felt that Hitler’s plan was a good thing. This film isn’t a comedy, or even an action film, and it may not have been the most popular film in 2008, but I feel it deserves props for even making a showing. The cast was amazing, and I feel this one ranks right up there with Schindler’s List. Director Brian really showed his love for the dramatic here. On a side note, he also directed Apt Pupil, another film about WWII. The more and more I look at Tom Cruises film choices for the last decade, the more I’m impressed. He has successfully moved away from all his cheesy films that made him famous, Top Gun, Risky Business, and moved onto some excellent choices. I understand that most big name Hollywood actors make a decent paycheck, but I think Cruise has begun to expand his career and try to save what is left of his good name. With all the good that I feel the movie brought, I still find one huge problem with it. During Hitler’s reign, you couldn’t say one bad thing about the man in Germany without being imprisoned. This was kind of shown, but for the most part, the men involved in the plot to assassinate the Fuehrer simply talked about the plan in an open room. Granted they were kind of careful, but I feel the film could have portrayed it a little better. That being said, I give this one a solid 8/10.