There will never be a shortage of stories emerging from the second World War which show the bravery of those caught in its deadly clutches.
Operation Valkyrie was the name given to the real life assassination attempt against Adolph Hitler in 1944, which would bring down the 3rd Reich and end the war. Based around this true event, Beyond Valkyrie follows a special ops team of allied soldiers who are sent behind enemy lines to extract the man destined to lead a post-war Germany. When the assassination attempt fails, they are instead forced to work with German and Russian resistance fighters to stop Nazi’s from fleeing to Argentina to begin building a new Reich.
Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Sizemore and Kip Pardue, and written by Robert Henny and Don Michael Paul, Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich is the definition of killing time. Fans of war films and history will undoubtedly enjoy the action and tension brought to life by directed Claudio Fäh but there’s nothing unique in his storytelling nor the characters he presents to make this popcorn flick stand out against a plethora of better films.
There’s little to dislike here, other than a few naff lines, but there’s nothing to love either. The narrative is fairly straight forward and the combination of on-screen personalities and their responses are all fairly predictable. Where Beyond Valkyrie succeeds best is in keeping the tension high with some good action sequences that are helped along by a heavily orchestrated score – although even there, some action sequences go on far too long.
Running less than two hours, Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich is one for the boys who are looking for an undemanding distraction that will hold their attention for a while.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 10: 5
Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the 4th Reich is out this month on DVD.