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The Tourist (2010)

Review by CJ

Director:
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Starring:
Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Steven Berkoff

Other notable appearances:
Timothy Dalton

Running time:
103 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Atomic Blonde, The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible

 

Frank (Depp) is an American mathematics teacher who escapes to Venice after losing his wife. His holiday goes off the rails soon after meeting Elise (Jolie), the wife of a banker who stole money from a mobster, who has been tasked with using Frank as a decoy against the police and betrayed mobster.

I remember wanting to see The Tourist when it came out at the cinema, but just never got around to doing so. Since then it remained on my radar as a film in which I was mildly interested but didn’t hold high expectations. Boy, was I wrong.

The story of The Tourist is a fun ride from start to finish. There are a couple of twists thrown in for good measure but the last, as it should be, was the best.

I loved the characters in The Tourist. Jolie’s Elise is strong and smart. Depp’s Frank is bumbling but charming and loyal. The characters are greatly enhanced by the talent of the actors portraying them. Bettany and Dalton also get honorable mentions for their roles as members of Scotland Yard.

There aren’t many action sequences as most of the fights are of wits and intellect. The few action scenes in The Tourist are well shot though with one in particular feeling very Bond-like.

The Tourist is very enjoyable and a must see for anyone who enjoys a good spy or mystery film. There is just enough comedy to add spice but not so much that it feels hackneyed. The cherry on top is a great cast that give fantastic portrayals of likeable (or appropriately unlikeable) characters.

Rating:

“The Roman god Janus. My mother gave it to me when I was little. She wanted to teach me that people have two sides. A good side, a bad side. A past, a future. And that we must embrace both in someone we love.”

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