Bryan Singer’s WW II thriller, Valkyrie has been something of a puzzle. Much like The Incredible Hulk, the movie has been simmering with bad buzz – twice having its release date moved. It’s now slated to come out in February 2009, after being posited as a 2008 summer blockbuster and then a Fall 2008 Awards contender. Now it’s nothing more than a Tom Cruise-starring vehicle.
Both director Bryan Singer and star Tom Cruise need a hit, or at least the illusion of a hit. If this thing ends up being a sleeper once the bad buzz dies down then who knows. Still, it looks like a fascinating slice of World War II history.
Official Plot Synopsis: The ?July 20 Plot? on Hitler?s life is one of the most heroic but least known episodes of World War Two. Severely wounded in combat, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg returns from Africa to join the German Resistance and help create Operation Valkyrie, the complex plan that will allow a shadow government to replace Hitler?s once he is dead. But fate and circumstance conspire to thrust Stauffenberg from one of many in the plot to a double-edged central role. Not only must he lead the coup and seize control of his nation?s government? He must kill Hitler himself.
Not to get all spoilery . . . but um, he doesn’t kill Hitler.