Anthropoid DVD Review12:00:00
Starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Doran, to strong leading Irish actors, Anthropoid, tells the real life mission of a group of war heroes whose story has been forgotten up until now!
With a strong script and gripping scenes, the film is a chance to share with many a piece of vital history about WW2. Based on the real life mission called, Operation Anthropoid, the film follows Jozef Gabčík, played by Murphy, and Jan Kubiš, played by Dornan, as they work to complete the World War II assassination mission against Reinhard Heydrich.
Directed by Sean Ellis, the story surrounding the two agents from the Czechoslovak government-in-exile and the people that joined them on their mission shows the normality and horrors of war. As the characters fall in love, they are also fighting for the fall out of such a big task that could cause them the whole war.
As the mission begins, so does the tension and it continues building until the final moments held in a cathedral lovelies. There the emotions change, as the outcome to their mission sets in and the film tells what followed. A sense of dread feels you right then and there. The mission was the only successful assassination of a top-ranking Nazi and it is surprising that it is only now that audiences are being told about it.
Taking the leading role in the film, Murphy commands the screen like he has done so well in his recent projects. You listen to his commands and the way he places a promise over the others in such a way that you can’t help but sit forward.
Add in Dornan and the on screen pairing is perfect. Supporting his decisions, this is one of Dornan’s best roles to date and the connection that he has with Murphy is key to this. They know how to get the best out of each other, which is great for audiences to see as this is the first time the pair have worked together and adds promise that they will be placed on screen together again.
If Ellis’ film has done anything though it has made sure that we are familiar with a story that deserved to be told. There is a power to it from the moment it begins and it is one that will teach or provide knowledge to audiences of all ages. It will express the story of Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš to everyone and that is key.
There so I am giving the film...