Anthropoid

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Released 2016

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Director:
Sean Ellis
Released:
2016
Rating:
R
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. 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 Gabcik (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lockdown, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Screen International Allan Hunter

    It is a testimony to the film's careful construction and honest intentions that you have become so engaged in the fate of the characters.

  • 50

    TheWrap Alonso Duralde

    Ellis and editor Richard Mettler craft an agonizing and unforgettable finale; if their sense of pacing had been as sharp throughout, "Anthropoid" might have fulfilled its potential.

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Boyd van Hoeij

    It's rather odd that Ellis, who co-wrote the screenplay with former Kubrick assistant Anthony Frewin, can't come up with anything more action-packed or tension-filled in the first ...

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