Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh
Release date: December 25, 2008
Fundamentally speaking, the appeal of Tom Cruise in the last few years doesnâ€™t make any sense. Just as soon as he took Katie Holmes hostage and started parading her and her â€˜too scared for escapeâ€™ look around the world, people seem to have become disinterested in anything he has to do professionally; or so they say. Sure he was great in Tropic Thunder, but Iâ€™m talking about the movies he has had to carry on his own. Everyone seems to talk a big game but with the exception of last yearâ€™s Lions for Lambs, you have to go all the way back to Magnolia, almost a decade ago, to find a film he starred in that didnâ€™t gross at least $100M domestically. So much for disinterest. Maybe he just has mind control over all of us too.
Keep in mind, these arenâ€™t secrets I am exposing for the first time, so why his pick for his latest project was a big budget WWII Hitler assassination movie is beyond comprehension. For a man so caught up on selling his image, it stands to reason that there would be better ways to spend his time. It ended up being much worse than it appeared on the surface. The release date for Valkyrie moved so many times nobody cared when it was really coming out and as soon as the trailers came out the backlash was already in full effect.
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