It’s not likely you’ll find a grimmer movie this year than Anthropoid, an action-drama about the lead-up, day of, and fallout from the assassination attempt on SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy play two Czechoslovakian insurgents who parachute into their country to execute the mission devised in the UK. Cillian Murphy, with deeply set blue eyes and hollow cheeks, effectively shows us the feverish obsession of his character while Jamie Dornan plays his less confident conventionally handsome foil. The movie has some issues. First there’s a throwaway romantic subplot that Dornan’s character has with a partisan played by Charlotte Le Bon. Second the dialogue is mostly expositional. Third the action is not particularly engaging. However, as one critic correctly points out, “The movie builds—something infinitely preferable to a bold, brash beginning followed by a descent into anti-climax.” Yes, too often movies blow their wad in the first act, have a dull middle, or unravel in the third act. Anthropoid has no such problem. Director Sean Ellis, who also wrote and shot this grainy handheld movie, shifts gears in the last third of Anthropoid, charging it to its visceral, gruesome, and poignant end.
In English & German
By Alec Julian & Carrie White