Sunday, August 21, 2016

MOVIE - Anthropoid

R (2:00)
Limited release 8/12/16
Viewed  8/21/16 at Midtown Cinemas, Harrisburg, PA
RT Critic:  58  Audience:  73
Critic's Consensus:  No consensus yet. (8/29/16)
Cag:  4 - Liked most of it very much
Directed by Sean Ellis
LD Entertainment

Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy

My comments:  How can you watch any movie that includes Nazis and not feel hatred?  This movie was the retelling of how parachutists return to their native Czechoslovakia trained to and with orders to kill the third in the Nazi command.  Because it's based on a true story and knowing the reality of the time, there are no doubts about how the story will end.  Therefore, there is no shock, but plenty of revulsion.  I'm glad these stories are being told, they should never be forgotten or untold.And this time it was the whole country of Czechoslovakia and not just its Jewish inhabitants that were targeted.  Realizing that this sort of thing still goes on in our world makes me feel so helpless.  Hatred.  Greed.  Power.    And, a side note:after watching Jamie Dornan in 50 Shades of Grey, and The Fall, it was difficult relating to him as one of the operatives....I kept seeing him as a 2015 sex god or serial killer....

RT Summary:  ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of "Operation Anthropoid," the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives' mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.

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