Rent Anthropoid (2016)

3.5 of 5 from 416 ratings
1h 56min
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Synopsis:
"Anthropoid" is based on the extraordinary true story of the 1942 WWII operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. Nicknamed "the butcher of Prague", Heydrich was the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler; the main architect behind the final solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Jan Hájek, , , , , , , Vaclav Marek and his Blue Star, , , , Frantisek Stupka
Directors:
Producers:
Sean Ellis, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon
Writers:
Sean Ellis, Anthony Frewin
Studio:
Icon
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/01/2017
Run Time:
116 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making of 'Anthropoid'
  • Scenes to Storyboard Comparisons
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/01/2017
Run Time:
120 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making of 'Anthropoid'
  • Scenes to Storyboard Comparisons

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Reviews (7) of Anthropoid

Oddly cold retelling of a 1975 movie + WWII Czech story set in Prague - Anthropoid review by PV

Spoiler Alert
29/01/2017

This is no doubt a good film - but not a great one. It cost £9 million to make, apparently, a great deal more than the 1975 film Operation Daybreak which is, frankly, better and which offers more emotional connection.

I lived for a year in Prague so know the places featured in this movie well - I have visited the church where the story ends, and saw the bullet holes and memorial.

Maybe that's why certain things annoyed me in this movie: 1) the use of Americanisms such as 'lay low' (which should be 'lie low'); 2) the lack of acknowledgement that this happened in 1942 a matter of weeks and months after the USA came into the war (in 1938/39/40/most of 1941 many US politicians and people supported Hitler) Britain stood alone from September 1939 untl December 1941 when the USA joined in WWII and 1941 when the Soviet Union's pact with Nazi Germany ended when Hitler invaded the USSR; 3) criticism of Britain entering the Munich agreement in 1938 when Britain was practically unarmed and standing alone so could not have done anything else.4) Germany did NOT invade all of Czechoslovakia in 1938 - just the north part the Sudetenland where most people were German speakers (many of whom were consequently killed by Czechs at the war's end) - it was not until 1939 that the Germans moved into the whole country and created the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. 5) no mention is made in this movie that Heydrich DID die a week after the attack from blood poisoning shock or, some say, because of chemicals in the grenade (botulism).

Now, of course, most people won't care about these facts all that much, but it's a shame the film gets them wrong or misleads.

Having said that, the story is well-acted and there is such attention to detail in the sets, the CGI shots of Prague in 1942 and the uniforms. However, it's all a bit cold - which can be an issue with CGI-created history.

So, 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

One wonders what the movie version of the novel HHhH out later this year will be like as it portrays the exact same event.

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Grim, Grey and Intense - Anthropoid review by CV

Spoiler Alert
21/01/2019

I have seen the first film 'Daybreak' many years ago which left a long-lasting impression on me so much so that I made time to visit the church when I was in Prague last year. This newer film is very grey and grim and leaves one feeling that the mission was ultimately purposeless as retribution taken by the Germans was ruthlessly manic and insane. We are excluded from what is going on on the other side whereas in the older film Heydrich was introduced as a character and all German speech is unsubtitled. I also remember in the older film one or two aborted attempts at assassination before the actual. It's a tense build-up to the ultimate bloodbath and perhaps there could have been more information on what ensued to add to a more cathartic experience.

The church involved, Greek Orthodox, has information displays as to the final fatal events and the crypt is now a shrine displaying busts and attributions to the Czech partisans involved. Bullet ho;es and bloodstains remain. The opening to the crypt is a section of Spitfire wing and glides open at the gentlest touch. The anteroom has a very comprehensive display of information and in the silence one's blood boils reading that this evil man was given a martyr's funeral that Czech citizens were impelled to observe. "You are the two most bravest men I have ever known", says one of the resistance organisers to the two assassins but the film does not report that the Greek Orthodox priest offered himself to the German SS as sole responsibility for the affair. He endured months of torture before execution and was later canonised as a local saint.

Which film to watch? Watch both and visit Prague.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Well made true story - Anthropoid review by gazmb

Spoiler Alert
18/03/2017

Really good story and well told of what actually happend , which is always hard to do in a film. The fight against the Germans taking over Prague . Very brave and courageous men and women. Really good true story

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Anthropoid review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Gritty, uneasy and tense – Anthropoid is a Hollywood retelling of how a mission to kill Reinhard Heydrich developed, prepared and finally: was executed, but didn’t turn out the same way said conspirators wanted to unravel. And these were Czech and Slovak people whose comrades and compatriots were suffering deeply under Nazi occupation, and who finally took matters in their own hands. As a film, Anthropoid is perfectly paced and as we see each culmination unsnarling before our very eyes – we come to know why these people did what they did, their motivations behind the operation and their iron will to never give up – even in the face of death itself.

According to history books, Reinhard Heydrich was a pretty disliked bloke who was one of the main architects of the infamous Final Solution to the Jewish question, as Germany at the time had referred to what’s now widely known as The Holocaust. He was also in charge of Czechoslovakia, whose residents saw a great amount of suffering while being under his reign.

Needless to say, some people were not pleased with how things turned out for their beloved country.

So, they took upon themselves to free it. Jan Kubis (played by Jamie Dornan), Josef Gabcík (Cillian Murphy) and others, acting on behalf Czechoslovakia’s government in exile, conducted a plan to eliminate Heydrich and put an end to his terror that was long overdue.

However, therein lays this film’s dilemma: if you knew so many people would suffer dire consequences after a campaign like this one – would you still, in a clear conscience, proceed with it?

The plot follows two freedom fighters, Czech Jan and Slovak Jozef who jump aboard enemy territory after their initial training in England is over. Their mission is to locate what’s left of the underground resistance and announce their plan to assassinate the High German official as soon as possible. Upon hearing the conspiracy, other resistance members voiced their concerns and worried that, even in the event of success, there would possibly be grand retaliation upon everyone involved, their closest families and all others who share same beliefs as the Czechoslovakian government-in-exile.

After everything said and done, mission Anthropoid will forever engrave its mark onto history books – overshadowed by events even larger in scale than the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich during WWII.

As structure, Anthropoid closely resembles noir films, where careful pacing and deliberate lightning are key pillars around which everything else gravitates. Director Sean Ellis has managed to make the best cinematic depiction of this historic event that, needless to say – doesn’t end with people throwing flowers on a street and saluting victory with their hats in the air.

A very special tribute to those who fell defending ideals of the highest order.

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