Based on the extraordinary and little-known 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 Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (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.
Unfamiliar with the story, the film’s plot and pace quickly drew us in. While both Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan are extremely easy on the eye their good looks don’t distract from what they’re there to do. With a convincing bond between the two leads and Czech accents to match it is not hard to feel empathy for their plight though I’d imagine if you’re familiar with the film’s events then it may be lose some of the impact and be slightly slower but we really enjoyed it. Simplistic in its delivery the film is a beautiful blend of romance, harrowing violence, history and brotherhood. And Cillian and Jamie look swell in suits….