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This week is one of the best weeks for absolutely ages for choices of quality film works at your local multiplex. One such film is Anthropoid, the World War II true story from acclaimed filmmaker Sean Ellis, the creative force behind the likes of Cashback and Metro Manilla.
In Anthropoid, two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
We caught up with director Sean Eillis when was in London this past week where he spoke about his career and the 15-year-long journey in bringing the epic Anthropoid to screens.
Check out the interview in full below. Anthropoid opens across the UK on September 9th, »
- Paul Heath
Anthropoid review: A thrilling and powerful war film that doesn’t shy away from difficult themes such as the repercussions of heroics.
Sean Ellis arrived 10 years ago with the wonderful little film Cashback, a feature based on his own award winning short which was both smart and original. Anthropoid, his fourth feature, couldn’t be further from his humble beginnings, yet clearly shows a man with a firm grip on all things cinematic. Telling the true tale of World War II’s most important assassination, it is also a fresh look at events that is neither too afraid to question morality and heroism in war, nor too quaint to make some of its sequences, for lack of a better word, entertaining.
Set in 1942, we follow two parachutists who return to Czechoslovakia after the controversial Munich Agreement, who have orders to assassinate Hitler »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Of all the World War II movies about the plots to kill the architects of the Third Reich, Anthropoid is guilty of being the dullest. And there’s really no excuse for it. Operation Anthropoid was the real name of the mission in which the Czechoslovakian resistance sought out Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler’s third-in-command, to perform the symbolic gesture of killing the rat bastard. The two paratroopers picked for the job are the oddly impassive Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan, nowhere near as sadistic as he was to poor Dakota Johnson »
The sheer infinity of World War II stories has proven to be one of cinema’s most renewable sources of inspiration, and — like a puzzle that slowly reveals its with the addition of every new piece — each movie made about that extraordinary period of time has the effect of enhancing them all. But with so many stories to tell, it’s unsurprising that even some of the most remarkable ones have been overlooked (if only, as is often the case, because there doesn’t seem to be much money in telling them).
Sean Ellis’ “Anthropoid” may not be a particularly compelling piece of drama, but it earns its place in the pantheon of World War II movies by virtue of the urgency with which it reaches into the pages of Czech history books, retrieves an enormously pivotal episode from them, and renders it for all to see on the silver screen. »
- David Ehrlich
With the movie set to arrive later this summer, it’s a wonder why we’ve heard so little about it until now – especially with a trailer that’s this intriguing. Cashback director Sean Ellis sits at the helm of this espionage pic, whose title refers to a specific mission where two operatives set about hunting down one of Hitler’s highest-ranking officials, SS Reinhard Heydrich. While the cinematic canon includes a lot of World War II thrillers, and many that involve espionage, Anthropoid looks like it’s planning to pack quite a punch thanks to the performances of its strong acting line-up.
Speaking of the cast, Murphy and Dornan are joined by a stellar support roster that includes Toby Jones, »
- Gem Seddon
It was just this week with the arrival of the Denial trailer that we commented it wouldn’t be awards season without a Holocaust drama. While Anthropoid is centered moreso around taking down Nazis and it arrives just before the standard award season, we’ll count it. Coming from director Sean Ellis (Metro Manila, Cashback), the first trailer has now arrived.
Led by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, they star as a pair of Allied soldiers who attempt to take down an SS General. Also starring Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Alena Mihulová, Marcin Dorociński, Bill Milner, Sam Keeley, Jiří Simek, Mish Boyko, Václav Neuzil, Andrej Polák and Toby Jones, check out the trailer, photos, and poster below.
Anthropoid is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. The Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia whose reign of terror prompted Allied soldiers (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) to hatch a top-secret mission that would change the face of Europe forever.
Anthropoid opens on August 12, 2016.
- Leonard Pearce
You might not know the name Sean Ellis, but you may know of his work. The director first earned some buzz with his 2006 effort “Cashback,” but it was 2013’s acclaimed thriller “Metro Manila” that truly put him on the radar. Picking up numerous honors for that film, including an Audience Award at the Sundance […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Metro Manila" and "Cashback" director Sean Ellis returns with the WW2 thriller "Anthropoid" about an undercover mission by two Czech army soldiers (Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan) who parachute into an occupied Prague to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich - the architect behind the infamous Nazi 'Final Solution'. Charlotte Le Bon, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Toby Jones also star in the project which opens August 12th.
- Garth Franklin
8 items from 2016
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