The man with the iron heart is a 2017 biological action thriller. it is based on French writer Laurent Binet’s 2010 novel HHhH, and focuses on Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during World War II.
Starring Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Stephen Graham, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska The Man with the Iron Heart features an accomplished cast.
That casts are put to work in Cédric Jimenez’ take on the infamous assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, Operation Anthropoid.
The year is 1942 and the Third Reich is at its zenith. Reinhard Heydrich, dubbed ‘the man with the iron heart’ by Hitler himself, has risen to the top of the Nazi party as head of the SS and the Gestapo.
Believing that he is unstoppable, Heydrich is unaware that a small group of Czech Resistance fighters have put a plan in motion to end his evil ways once and for all.
Reinhard Heydrich is serving as an officer in the German Navy. After beginning a relationship with Lina, he is court-martialled for breaking his word to another woman he had been having afire with.
He marries Lina and follows her in joining the Nazi Party and idolising Adolf Hitler. He meets Heinrich Himmler and is appointed head of SS counter-intelligence, working with Heinrich Müller to fight Communists in Weimar Germany.
After Hitler is appointed Chancellor, Heydrich becomes Director of the Gestapo.
After the Invasion of Poland and World War II breaks out, Heydrich is promoted to Director of the Reich Main Security Office.
His Einsatzgruppen follow the German Army, committing genocide across Eastern Europe. He blackmails General Eduard Wagner into sending the Einzatsgruppen information to allow them to exterminate Jews and other “undesirables”.
In September 1941, Heydrich is appointed Acting Reich Protector of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, declaring that he will turn Prague into a “Jew-free” city. On 22 January 1942, Heydrich chairs the Wannsee Conference, to ensure there is a “Final Solution” for the genocide of Jews.
In May 1942, Heydrich is attacked by Czech resistance fighters. That was the story all about. Yet slow and depressive make it tough to watch.
The Man with the Iron Heart is nevertheless an enlightening wartime drama that makes for an interesting watch.