“Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich and often feels like a documentary instead of a movie.
Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.
The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.
The heroes are Czech with British and Irish accents which did seem strange but it did not take away from the tension or the actor’s performances.
“Anthropoid” is truly a thriller. I was on the edge of my seat hoping that the Czech fliers would forget their mission and go back to England where they and the families they lived with would be safe. I did not know enough history to know if Heydrich was assassinated or not so it was truly a thriller to me. Do they or don’t they?
If they do, it is a suicide mission. If they don’t, will thousands more be killed by the satanic Heydrich?
The film received its R rating because of all of the violence. As in every World War II movie there is violence. The Nazi’s were not good guys. They didn’t play by any set of rules.
I came home and looked up the events portrayed in the movie and the script is spot on to actual events. This is a story I have never seen or heard of before. It makes you realize the threat of death that people in the occupied countries had to live with every day.
If you are looking for an entertaining, feel-good movie, Anthropoid is not your movie but if you like true stories, this is a good one.