The Tourist (2010)

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The Tourist (2010)
  • Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Action | Romance | Thriller
  • Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton

Storyline:

A woman sitting in a Parisian cafĂ© reads a letter telling her to take the train to Venice, pick a man of the sender’s height and build, and chat him up. She’s being watched: Scotland Yard and a mobster with a crew of Russian thugs are looking for a man she knows. On the train, she talks to an American, Frank, suggests they have dinner, and, once in Venice, invites him to her hotel. The bait is set: the Russians think Frank is the man they want: Alexander Pearce, who stole billions from the mobster. Scotland Yard realizes Frank is a just a tourist, but by now he’s in danger, smitten by the mystery woman, and in their way. Can the Yard keep Frank from death and still catch Pearce?

One review

  • We’re all used to seeing Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in dramatic roles – Finding Neverland, Public Enemies, The Changeling, A Mighty Heart… and it’s so easy to forget that they can be funny. But they are, both of them. Johnny shines, as he always does. Angelina Jolie looks glorious, and when she smiles, the screen lights up. They don’t have chemistry, critics say. Oh yes, they do, I say. More importantly, they seem to be enjoying themselves.

    Johnny’s Frank is delightful, touching and slightly mysterious. He has endless room to play around, and makes Frank memorable, and lovely, as only Johnny can. Angelina’s role is more limiting, but she still makes it fresh and – yes – deeply amusing, parodying both herself and the genre in general. Watching her saunter around on her high heels, one can’t help but recall what James Bond used to be like. This isn’t Wanted or Salt: she has far more to do here than look cryptic and shoot people, and she does it very well.

    Add to that the utterly magnificent Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, a few stereotypically dim Russian gangsters (they speak actual Russian, for once, and their funniest lines aren’t subtitled) and Rufus Sewell, and there’s no way you can go wrong.

    Yes, there’s a twist at the end – a twist that seemed to annoy most people. But does that take away from the film? No! It adds to it, because it’s just so obvious, and natural, that it’s all the funnier for it.

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