"what a shame it is when I can't help thinking that the film could have been so much better than"

During my education I learnt about Nazi Germany, the rise to power of Hitler and the National Socialist Party, and the Second World War. I would have backed myself to have a pretty good knowledge of the subject. More than most, I would say that I understood how and why Hitler became so powerful, because I knew the background. This meant that I had a less harsh view of the German people than many.

As a result, I hadn't expected to leave the cinema so completely astounded by this film. I simply cannot believe that this most incredible of stories has had to wait 65 years to be told on screen. I do not hesitate to say that watching this film I feel like I have had blinkers taken from my eyes. Whether or not this is because I thought I was well versed I don't know, but I now look upon Nazi Germany in a different light all together.The film follows the last and most infamous of the 15 attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler by the German Resistance - a group dedicated to removing Hitler from power to prevent further destruction in Germany and Europe. Risking everything - their lives and the lives of their families, these men plotted in the heartland of Nazi Germany to depose this most despicable dictator.

What a shame it is when I can't help thinking that the film could have been so much better than it is. That's not to say that it's a bad film, but with such a compelling story it is disappointing that there were no performances to match. I think part of this is down to the fact that the film concentrates more on the ‘big picture', rather than focusing on the characters themselves, which is a shame, as it meant I didn't feel as close or involved with their plight as I would have liked

Ultimately though, you're left with a story that will, or at least should, stay with you for the rest of your life. It's such a shame that you won't be able to remember any of the people that died to make it happen.