In 1942 Czechoslovakia, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich is appointed to become the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. The terror and oppression that follow cause Allied authorities in ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Czechoslovakia, 1942. Three brave Czech patriots risk everything to rid their country of its brutal Nazi leader, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich.
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John M (us) wrote: Strange movie for sure, but Kristen Stewart make it work beautifully. It grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. Scary and weird, thumbs up.
Facebook U (ag) wrote: I thought Vikingdom was a excellently well made historical fantasy film with great performances, tongue in cheek humor from the always great Craig Fairbrass, very good story, a strong female lead by Natassia Malthe, fantastic action scenes & also featuring scenes with plenty of shirtless muscly men. absolutely loved it. best film I've seen in along time.
WS W (nl) wrote: Tedious, & motiveless.
Huw G (ru) wrote: Ugly climate of fear stuff. The cunning is nowhere near adequate compensation for the torture-porn elements.
JP A (it) wrote: great performance by all actors. i felt the characters needed a bit more story. also great to see mos def in this as well.
Sherry R (nl) wrote: I thought this would be another walking dead knockoff but it really wasn't. It was predictable, but a good movie.
Madeleine M (jp) wrote: So far, unfortunately, this is my least favorite Cronenberg film - even compared to his early, low budget, poorly acted, "zombie" films about sex (oversimplification. A little.). It wasn't the acting, good performances all around. Not even the script, per say. I guess what I mean is that the events were fairly well adapted by the screenwriter (who also wrote the play that the film is adapting). Having just watched the Crying Game a couple days earlier, I didn't know what to expect from a CRONENBERG film that dealt with a transgender (I'm not sure how the actual person this is based off of identified. The movie doesn't really attempt or even care. I think to Cronenberg (and the writer) that wasn't the point of the story and film. So I use transgender widely to cover the gender spectrum that isn't "male", "female" and/or "cisgender" so anywhere from .. you get the point, if not then you can always ask for clarification. Who "you" is, I don't know..) -- it dealt with the gender aspect of the film pretty accurately from what I read and the only scene that appears (appears) transphobic, isn't in my opinion.The story is based off (spoilers kind of) a true even that happened in the 60s through the 80s - For 20 years, a French diplomat was in love with this Chinese opera singer who was actually working for the Chinese Maoist government (it seemed from the film that the person was doing it against their will - threats and such. This was during the period where it became illegal to be non-masculine if you were a male. Operas were banned and all the performers (men) were arrested. As well as pretty much any artist it sounds like. Once again, it's unclear from the film if the 20 years was more than a spy job or if at some point, love became part of it. Anyway, it's a very un-Cronenberg feeling film. You could stretch it around a little to tie it to his body themes, but it really doesn't fit into that category. Which brings me, kind of, back to the transphobia-esque (but not really to me) scene at the end of the film. Eventually the French government learned that Jeremy Irons character was giving information to the Chinese government and they learned how. Now there's plot points I could explain that would better highlight issues surrounding the trial, but you can always read about it. Basically, though, the French government arrested him, charged him with treason for giving government secrets to the Chinese for 20 years via Jone Lone's character (since I can't thin kof names and don't want to use a gender pronoun since I don't know which would be appropriate to use. John Lone played the Chinese spy.) In the real life trial it began wth the French diplomat pleading his case to the court and explaining why he did it (he had a pretty damn good reason given that he didn't yet know it was based off of a huge lie and etc etc). After he pleaded his case, the defense brought in John Lone's character, for the first time in 20 years, with short hair, dressed in a suit - very male in appearance - this was the first time he had any idea (whether this is true or not only he knows/knew. Denial and "allaalalalalla" might have been going on. But I do think he didn't know.) - so the prosecution was capitalizing on this fact and created a situation in which suddenly right after he made his case (which was immediately meaningless given this new information) - it was a tactic to humiliate him - not only for being romantically involved for 20 years with a "male", but more that he didn't know. That for 20 years this web of lies (and its the lies that were created outside the "I gotta dick" (not a line in the film) thing. (There was a fake pregnancy early on, and he didn't know the child wasn't biologically his for 16 years, for instance). Anyway, Betrayal, anger, humiliation were the goals of the prosecution - obviously.The last scene of thee film is the scene that might be interpreted by some as transphobic. They're in a prison cell (or prison transport thing?) just the two of them, and at first what seems like disgust from Iron's quickly is shown to be really about being lied to for 20 years about so many things. About feeling used. There's no violence. So, yeah, it wasn't transphobic in my opinion.So why did I not like it that much, you might be asking. Well, for one, it's for from enjoyable in any sense to watch someone be destroyed via humiliation. Second, it was slow and .. boring to me, really. It lacked, I think , Cronenberg's presence and I like to feel directors. Not necessarily in them repeating the same thing over and over - but I feel a director when a director consistently makes films that have his essence (his heart) embedded in them. I didn't feel Cronenberg's essence. Which makes it feel hallow, to me. Even with Eastern Promises and History of Violence - greatly different from Cronenberg's previous films - feel like they're made by Cronenberg. So that was the biggest reason really. It felt hallow. and slow.
Davey G (jp) wrote: Didnt rate this too much... had to write an essay on it... sucked, not the essay, the film
Linda S (es) wrote: i love the old movies
Red L (jp) wrote: I have troubles rating old movies very highly. I guess it is a product of their times, but the stories are quite simplistic. All the fuss because the younger Morgan can't come out and tell his parents that he is married.
Dave K (br) wrote: One of Hope's first movies and the first time he sang, "Thanks for the Memories". Fields on the bridge, drunk, steering the Stupendous through an ice field is great! "They oughtta put warning lights on those things...."
Adam R (nl) wrote: (First and only full viewing - December 2004 in theaters)