The Man with the Iron Heart

2017

Action / Biography / Thriller / War

94
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 6451

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Cast

Rosamund Pike as Lina Heydrich
Jason Clarke as Reinhard Heydrich
Mia Wasikowska as Anna Novak
Jack O'Connell as Jan Kubis
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by petr-varak 5 / 10

Incoherent WWII drama - if you watched Anthropoid, you can skip this one.

This movie feels like someone shot two separate movies - one being Heydrich's biography, second being action thriller about his assassination - cut the run time of each one to half and merged them together. The first half follows Reinhard Heydrich on his rise to power, orchestrated by his wife Lina. It's not exactly a thrilling spectacle, but both Jason Clarke and Rosamunde Pike deliver solid performances (although Clarke is far from the brilliance of Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's list). The problem is that the story line seems absurdly rushed, many important events are left out or shown through short collages with voice-over and music playing and it just feels incomplete. I would love to see a full 2 hours long Heydrich's biography that would dig deeper into Heydrich's relationship with his wife, his rise to power and his work and status in the Nazi regime.

Unfortunately, after one hour of this rushed biography, the movie almost completely abandons Heydrich and his wife (both have literally minutes of screen time in the second half, most of it together) and shifts focus to Czechoslovak paratroopers in Prague. Since then, it feels like Jimenez just took the movie Anthropoid (2016), cast new actors, re-shot the movie shot by shot and cut out half of the scenes. If you have seen Anthropoid, you can skip the second half in its entirety and you won't miss anything. The fact that Jack O'Connel and Jack Reynor look alike to the point it's easy to confuse their actions doesn't help either. The only upside of the second half is Mia Wasikovska who does much better job than Ana Geislerova in Anthropoid. HHhH (or The Man with the Iron Heart) is not a bad movie per se, it's just oddly structured, rushed and given the existence of Anthropoid, feels a bit redundant.

Reviewed by rabbitmoon 4 / 10

A really wasted project

So Laurent Binet writes an interesting account of the Heydrich/Anthropoid story, almost as a stream of consciousness around the details, with an added sidenote about the difficulty of sticking to the facts.

The book becomes popular, so it gets turned into a film. The film sticks to the known facts, necessarily ditches the whole first- person subtext of the book - so then becomes just another film about Anthropoid.

And completely wastes its opportunity. Its so dull and uninspired, it can't even keep the name of the book and switches to the more generic "The Man With The Iron Heart" - which still isn't accurate because its more about Anthropoid than Heydrich. Following Atentat, Operation Daybreak and Anthropoid - if you're going to tell this story again, you'd better have a reason to. It needs a writer like Sorkin to distill the plentiful ironies and conflicts between the lines, address the characters of these people and what motivates them. HHhH comes across as criminally bland and uninspired, there's not a single suspenseful or emotional note in the whole film.

Reviewed by Gino Cox 6 / 10

Feels like a big-budget television movie

"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.

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