Sunday, March 19, 2017

Anthropoid. A Quick Review.

I stumbled across this movie while looking for something to watch on Amazon Prime. I remembered that I had wanted to see it when it was initially released.

Here are some quick thoughts:

Jamie Dornan is as interesting to watch here as he is in Netflix's Siege of Jadotville. Cillian Murphy seems to stare at his own death through the entire movie. I enjoyed his work in The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

The movie keeps pretty close to the actual history of the events surrounding the plot to assassinate Heydrich. You have to appreciate what the Czechs did to survive the Nazi occupation.

I kept thinking about various other movies like The Wind that Shakes the Barley,  Michael Collins, and For Greater Glory. Maybe I am just a sucker for underdog movies. One's where the underdog doesn't always win. Maybe it is the idea from Admiral Stockdale's quote: "This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."

Back to Anthropoid, it is amazing that 7 men held a building for 6 hours.

There are other movies that portray Operation Anthropoid as well, but among them Operation Daybreak from 1975 stands out as the best of them. Overall, while the subject material is difficult, the film is excellent and I recommend it.

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