BY THE COMMANDER
3-1/2 (out of 4 stars)
As Adolph Hitler continues his storm trooper march to occupy Europe, it is not without resistance. In December 1941, two agents from the Czechoslovakia government in exile, parachute into their occupied homeland. Their mission, dubbed Anthropoid, (a term resembling a human being in form), was to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the third man in charge of the Nazi regime, directly behind Hitler and Himmler, and the man who was considered the main architect behind the final solution (extermination of all the Jews in Europe).
This is one of the best films I have seen all year. While slow and methodical with a quick pace towards the end, it is a sensational espionage thriller that should not be missed.
Cillian Murphy (Joseph Gabcik) and Jamie Dornan and (Jan Kubis) are the two Czech Republic assassins, whose job it is to parachute into occupied territory, hook up with their intelligence counterpart, Uncle Hajsky (Toby Jones), and assassinate Hendrick. They assimilate into society sharing an apartment with a local family and fall in love with their female companions, Marie Kovarnikova (Charlotte Le Bon) and Lenka Fafkova (Anna Geislerova)
On May 27, 1942, their attack is carried out, but does not go as planned. The Germans have an all-out manhunt for the would-be assassins and start executing the population as retaliation for the attack. This was an incredibly powerful and moving film, showing the Nazi regime in its full brutality. The depictions of war torn Czechoslovakia are as real as it gets. I found myself watching in horror and holding my breath during many of the scenes. It was truly a frightening era in our history.
While this film may not be for everyone, it is an important and significant film to watch. Unlike the World War II movies from the 1950's, this modern day film depicts an era with incredible detail. If you were moved by the films, Schindler's List (1993) and Valkyrie (2008), you will love and appreciate this film.