Many people in the general population are still quite familiar with the details of World War II, and it has been a popular subject of books and films since hostilities concluded more than 60 years ago. And it is no secret that a failed attempt was made on the life of Adolf Hitler by career staff officers who feared for the future of Germany if Hitler was allowed to remain at the helm.
Much of the pre-release scuttlebutt of “Valkyrie” seen in print questioned that the suspense necessary to properly tell this tale would be sabotaged and that the film would be doomed to spend its abbreviated days as a tepid thriller teasing half-empty theaters. Nothing could be further from the truth. “Valkyrie” is as tense and suspenseful as any film that has been released in the past few years.
“Valkyrie” is a success because it is driven by an excellent cast and a screenplay that calls for just the right amount of war scenes necessary to punctuate the serious stillness of the whispering conspirators who keep the suspense at terror pitch throughout.