Valkyrie (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: B
Bryan Singer was the director behind one of my favorite movies, "The Usual Suspects."¬† But he hasn't gone back to those roots in a long time.¬† I enjoyed the first two "X-Men" movies, but I longed for the spy/thriller feel again.¬† I was hoping this would've been it, but it only kind of was.¬† I feel like this was a movie that thought it was a lot more important than it really was.¬† This isn't a spoiler alert to anyone with half-a-brain, but the plot to kill Hitler (which is the basis of the movie) didn't work.¬† So in that respect, this true story really isn't as interesting as you'd hope.¬† You can't get attached to the characters too much since you know they're not gonna pull it off.¬† But what is neat about this movie is to watch it and find out where their plan went sour.¬† Another thing that's cool is to play the "How Many Actors from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies are in this."¬† I got up to 3, although you may not recognize Bill Nighy (he was Davey Jones)!¬† I guess they were having a sale on slightly recognizable British actors.¬† Which brings us to¬†Tom Cruise.¬† Why he's in this is beyond me.¬† It's not that he was bad, but he wasn't great either.¬† That's the story of his life.¬† He's the guy you call when you just want to get the job done.¬† He sticks out like a sore thumb in this as the ONLY non-British person in it.¬† But overall, he's still fine at what he does and that's kind of par for the movie too.¬† It's fine for what it does.