Just before watching Tom Cruise play a hotshot GOP senator in Lions for Lambs last night (my review will be in the next NR; it will not be favorable), I caught the trailer for Valkyrie, in which Tom Cruise plays Claus von Stauffenberg, the leader of the famous plot to kill Hitler. I would say that it looks a lot like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, with Cruise taking over the Kevin Costner, "woefully miscast American" role, except that Prince of Thieves was a dreadful movie in myriad other ways as well, whereas Valkyrie looks like it could have been pretty awesome ... if they'd found somebody else to play the lead, that is. To be fair, Cruise does look a little bit like the heroic colonel. But if the trailer is any guide, he'll be about as convincing in the role as - well, as you'd expect:


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