Movie Review: 'Anthropoid' Impresses and Entertains With Excellence

Bonfire Rating: 5/5

It seems exceedingly rare nowadays when a movie can impress and entertain to the point of excellence. Anthropoid certainly fits that bill.

A relatively unknown release, Anthropoid delivers on the excitement and emotion any self-respecting movie aspires to.

Nearly anything WWII is sure to be tackled with care and consideration, but Anthropoid went above and beyond.

Some key takeaways from the movie:

1. Great story arc

2. Unique plot

3. Solid balance between thought-provoking emotion and action/adventure

4. The representation of war

5. The accents

I’ve often complained when a movie takes too long to grab my attention, or rushes through the setups and resolutions, leaving me confused and feeling gypped out of a cinematic experience. Anthropoid managed to avoid this however. The movie jumps right into the story with no delay, follows the two main characters, Josef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, along the assassination preparation, showcases the attack itself, and concludes with the following repercussions. At about two hours in length, it keeps pace pretty well.

To me, this was a unique story. I never learned in history class of the assassination attempt of SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, and that’s a shame. Most of us have heard of the multitude of attempts made against Hitler’s life, but never any of his highest-ranking officers. Most WWII movies have taken place on the frontlines or in major countries like France, Germany, and Russia. Here finally, we have the wonderful addition of the Czech’s perspective.

Saving Private Ryan and even Monuments Men had a good balance between adventure and emotion. Downfall, a tremendous movie about Hitler’s final days in his bunker, was full of emotion and gut-wrenching scenes. Inglorious Bastards was all bark and no bite. Anthropoid succeeded in lacing emotional scenes and philosophical arguments throughout the explosive action. You find yourself identifying with one of the four main characters and taking his position with regards to the mission. The back-and-forth scenes with emotional dialogue, battles, and heated arguments keep you on your toes.

One thing in particular the movie chose to highlight was that “war is not romantic”. Practically every character expressed his fear of death; no one wanted to die in blaze of glory. The screenwriters emphasized that war is difficult, brutish, and wholly destructive to everyone involved. Attempting to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi leader wasn’t so simple; what are the repercussions for doing so? Who will suffer and die if we succeed? “Is [Czechoslovakia] ready and willing to resist Nazi Germany?” If I remember correctly, the movie Valkyrie, which told the story of one attempted assassination against Hitler, portrayed a successful assassination as the end of the war. However, who’s to say Heinrich Himmler wouldn’t have stepped in and continued the war? Rarely do things go exactly according to plan, and rarely do they have such predictable repercussions. I appreciated the movie questioning the wisest course of action.

Finally, the only negative aspect of the movie was the language, in particular the accents. Sometimes I found it difficult to understand what the characters were saying, but overall I got the gist of everything.

Bonfire cannot recommend this movie highly enough. A relatively small production, Anthropoid relates an interesting story in a captivating way.

I’ve always found the WWII era fascinating, inspiring, and depressing at the same time. The world saw some of the greatest evil ever perpetrated on humanity. But we also found that the good will shine through and ultimately prove victorious. Good versus evil. Freedom versus tyranny. Hope versus despair. Those are real-world issues that humanity has faced its entire existence and Anthropoid reminds us that ‘the greatest generation’ was very deserving of that title.

Anthropoid out in theaters now!

Andrew Herzog is a producer at TheBlaze and Editor-in-chief for Bonfire Thoughts

First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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