Sunday, February 15, 2009

Movie Review: Valkyrie

Each time I watch a movie, I try to pick up something out of it. After struggling for quite sometime trying to decipher the gist of the movie, I finally found something to pick out of this movie.

Valkyrie was the object today. A historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during the World War II.

Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.

This movie was based on actual events. It highlights the plot of a military-based conspiracy, known as the July 20 Plot, that attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler during the World War II.

I found this movie was quite hard to comprehend especially for those who don't know much about World War II and Adolf Hitler. This was a real story where brave men sacrificed their lives to fight the truth.

Overall, it was a good movie. I'd give 4/5 stars to this movie for the valuable lessons that it conveys.

At the beginning, I was struggling to understand the first parts of the show, which mainly involved the complex stratagem of the famous coup d'├ętat against Hitler. I only managed to follow the 'right' story when Colonel Claus Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) set a bomb below Hitler's meeting table. Then I learned that from that point on, all the "seem-to-be-perfect" plans were faulted, mistakes happened and resulted to doom. The root of this failure operations was all because of his assumption. A proposition that was taken for granted, as if it were known to be true.

Col. Stauffenberg thought he had successfully killed Hitler. He assumed he had done it. He made the others believed that the target was dead, ran the rests of the plan whilst all along, the target was unhurt. This ill-fated thought finally resulted in the executions of all the revolution actors. Had only he made sure that Hitler was really already dead instead of just assuming the fact, all his plans would run smoothly and he might not have to sacrifice his life and the rests of his fellows.

This is what happen when people assume. The end results can be so fatal. A lot of people are on stake. Never assume, but go check and make sure or you're screwed, big time!

This movie also featured the value of loyalty and the importance of trusts among the conspirators. No plan would work out if there is no trust within the troupe. The loyalty that showed by Oberleutenant von Haeften towards Col. Stauffenberg was heartbreaking. When Col. Stauffenberg was about to be shot, in a last dramatic gesture of defiance, Haeften threw himself into the path of the bullets before Col. Stauffenberg. He always accompanied Col. Stauffenberg completing every malignant assignment, until his death.

Last but not least, I only managed to feel the dramatic effects of this movie when all the military leaders defeated by Hitler were executed. One plotter realized that he did a terrible mistake, then took his own life. Then, the rests of the ringleaders were executed one by one by a firing squad, witnessed by the other fellow revolution luminaries.

During my school days I often dreaded the 'waiting times', times when I had to do wait for my turns to do something unnerving or I despised, such as singing in front of the class, answering questions in front of the class, sprinting, playing balls, doing gymnastics, etc. What was best pictured in this movie was the dreadfulness of those who waited to be called one by one for public execution. To be killed. The look at their eyes when death seemed like seconds away from this very moment. The expressions that they showed really reflected the ultimate fear that any human being could imagine when they had to face death. All were clearly pictured.

I was stirred to watch the part that portrayed the bravery of General Olbrich, who possessed the sympathetic quality, before he was executed. A man who used to be so careful, hesitant and fearful, became incredibly strong for few seconds right before the bullets hit his chest and sent him to death. He, like the other notable officers, died with honor.

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