The film was still a fun one that will make you laugh and have you leaving the theater feeling like you just stole something valuable and got away with it.
I really wanted to like this movie. I feel terribly cynical trashing it, and that's why I'm giving it a middling 5. Actually, I'm giving it a 5 because there were some superb performances.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
So much truth reflected about Czechoslovakia and it's patriotism.. great movie.
I have absolutely no idea why everyone who writes a review about this movie on a website entirely about movies feels the need to go into a history lesson. If you're willing to see a movie about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, chances are you know the historical context. Anyways, this is a good movie about a historical event that has not been covered to a great degree with the exception of "Hangmen Also Die!" Worth checking out.
Just to be on the safe side I mention that there are spoilers ahead. Although it doesn't take a rocket scientist or an expert researcher to 'find out' how Anthropoid ends, I'm just doing what I figure is best.Americans don't play the heroes and there is no 'Hollywood' ending (ok, end of spoiler alert).Anytime a Nazi gets killed is a good thing (fiction or IRL). Sure, we've seen similar stories in the past (ok, well a lot), and it's almost like there are limitless tales about assassinations or attempted assassinations of top Nazi personnel. But, what I like most about this story is the determination of its protagonists to accomplish their mission – not that they differ from anyone else, but the passion displayed by Cillian Murphy's Josef Gabcik is very inspiring. I am really empathetic to their struggle (and I have Austrian blood in me!) and I feel like I need to help in some way. Like any great soldier these patriots are willing to be killed for the better of humanity and/or their country.I also like that there is no American involvement seen anywhere. There is, however, very little mention of British involvement. The 'real' story is that Operation Anthropoid's operative's, although both Czech and Slovak, were trained by the British. Also, the Czechoslovakian government needed permission from the Brits before carrying out the plan (the Czech government was in exile in London at the time). When I think of Czechoslovakia I certainly don't think of James Bond or Jason Bourne type of planning and 'execution' for the better of the world. I mean really, Czechoslovakia? The home of Pilsner, small cars and a funny language carrying out an assassination of the 3rd most powerful man in the Reich?! WTF. Yes! It works, and quite well.Like the actual story, there are some blunders in the movie, too, but for the most part very enjoyable
in part because there is no 'Hollywood' in it.
Another story that sits relatively silent in the West amongst the horror of WWII, the Czech experience. The last 40 minutes left me absolutely exhausted. Akin to Once Were Warriors, or the opening of Saving Private Ryan. It is relentless. To the bravery of those that always stand up, that fight back. That say 'NO'. Thank you.Beautifully soundscaped, harrowing that you know what's to come. The perversity of the Nazi ideology on display. If the whole film had had the intensity of that last 40 minutes, it'd be a masterpiece but as it is, it's a fine damn film. Watch it.