A fantastically paced, impeccably accurate historical thriller nestled inside a longer, less disciplined film. That central chunk of story, in which Czech special operatives devise and execute a plan to assassinate Nazi butcher Reinhard Heydrich, is one of the tightest and most excruciatingly intense sequences of filmmaking I’ve seen this year. And thanks to skillful editing and the inherently dramatic nature of the events themselves, Anthropoid manages to stay beat for beat with the historical record without feeling like a dry history lesson (120 min.).
Director: Sean Ellis
Producer: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Anita Overland, Léonard Glowinski, Krystof Mucha, David Ondrícek, Jennifer Monroe, Chris Curling and Sean Ellis
Cast: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Alena Mihulová, Bill Milner, Pavel Reznícek, Jirí Simek, Sam Keeley, Detlef Bothe, Marcin Dorocinski, Mish Boyko and Václav Neuzil