Remember when you would go to the theaters for the express purpose of watching a Tom Cruise movie, and you didn’t have to lie about which movie you were going to go see, lest your buddies and loved ones look at like you just grew a third eye? Yeah, those were the days. “Top Gun”, “Mission Impossible” one and two, and heck, you even proudly announced that you were going to go see Tom’s “War of the Worlds”, even though you knew, in your heart of hearts, that it was gonna suck so bad you would refuse to believe that Steven Spielberg would direct such drivel. Well those days are long gone, my friends, and in their stead we have a World War II movie where everyone in the whole universe already knows the ending. I give you — a new poster and trailer for Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie”. Excited yet? Oh well, don’t say I didn’t try.
A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler’s own emergency plan – known as Operation Valkyrie – these men plot to assassinate the dictator and over-throw his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
“Valkyrie” opens in theaters one of these days. The film has been moved so many times that I don’t think even Tom knows anymore.