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The Tourist

The Tourist

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and Paul Bettany

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This movie was slammed pretty hard by a lot of critics. I believe it currently has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Is it really that bad? No, but it is definitely a movie with some flaws.

The plot centers around Elise (Angelina Jolie) who has fallen for a man named Alexander Pearce who has stolen money from a mobster. Apparently, Elise has been separated from this man for some time. The police are now tracking Elise in hopes of finding Pearce because he is wanted for tax evasion.

Pearce sends Elise a note telling her to get on a train and pick someone that looks like him so they can use that person as a pawn to elude the police. She picks Frank (Johnny Depp) and he becomes embroiled in the whole situation.

Much like the underappreciated “The American” this movie was advertised as something that it was not. The trailers would lead you to believe that this is an action thriller and it is really more of a romantic comedy with a little bit of a thriller mixed in. Based on that I don’t think the film was all that bad.

This is not Johnny Depp’s finest performance but it did have some good moments. I enjoyed how his character didn’t speak any Italian and instead would just throw out random sentences or words from other languages because it was all he knew. There was scene in particular where he was speaking to an Italian policeman and said “merci” and the policeman looked back at him and said ‘de nada” that I thought was particularly funny. There was a lot of subtle humor like that in his performance that I think a lot of people will miss if they don’t pay attention.

Angelina Jolie looks beautiful of course but you can tell she dialed this one in. She is basically sleep walking her way through this film. One of biggest problems with the film is I don’t see any chemistry between her and Depp.

Probably the most enjoyable aspect of this film is the scenery of Vencie. It looks amazing in HD and the film is definitely beautifully shot, but it doesn’t save this film from mediocrity.

You can tell that this movie tried hard to be something that it never really panned out to be. They had all the right mixture. Talented actors, beautiful locations, etc. but it falls a little flat.

This is definitely not as bad a film as some others would have you believe. It’s not unwatchable and at times pretty funny but a lack of chemistry, a ridiculous plot, and some so so acting bog it down. The Tourist gets 1 and ½ guys from me.

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