With the Third Reich is at his peak in 1942, the Czech resistance in London plans the most ambitious military operation of WWII – 'Anthropoid'. Two young recruits are sent to Prague to assassinate the most ruthless Nazi leader – Reinhardt Heydrich – head of the SS, the Gestapo and the architect of the 'Final Solution'.
|Release Date||:||May 25, 2017|
|Genres||:||War, Action, History, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Nexus Factory, Red Crown Productions, Echo Lake Entertainment, Légende Films, Cutting Edge Group|
|Production Countries||:||Belgium, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Cédric Jimenez, Isabelle Querrioux|
|Writers||:||Laurent Binet, Audrey Diwan, David Farr, Cédric Jimenez|
|Casts||:||Jason Clarke, Jack O'Connell, Rosamund Pike, Jack Reynor, Mia Wasikowska, Stephen Graham, Steve Evets, Thomas M. Wright, Enzo Cilenti, Geoff Bell, Volker Bruch, Barry Atsma, Noah Jupe, Oscar Kennedy, David Rintoul, David Horovitch, Adam Nagaitis, Jim Sturgeon, Paul Brennen, Abigail Lawrie, Bart Edwards, Krisztina Goztola, Luca Fiorilli, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Ian Redford, Lloyd Owen, Vernon Dobtcheff|
|Plot Keywords||:||assassination, based on novel, world war ii, nazis, operation anthropoid|
"HHhH" ("The Man with the Iron Heart") is a decent historical war drama. It scores high marks for authenticity regarding locations, costumes, mores and props; however, with the exception of a few bare breasts, feels like a television movie. Although several thousand people are brutally murdered, the violence feels antiseptic, with a few spurts of blood and red stains on costumes, but no sense of either physical or emotional trauma. The nearly universal use of jiggly-cam shots serves as a constant distracting reminder that somebody is holding a camera, preventing the audience from ever fully suspending disbelief. Performances are good, but seem repressed, even when Reinhard tears up a room in frustration.
At the end, the viewer is left wondering what it all means. Tremendous risks were taken, resulting in terrible consequences. The filmmakers offer no interpretation or moral and insufficient perspective for the audience to make their own judgment.