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The Tourist

The Tourist

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarc

Writer:   Florian Henckel von Donnersmarc, Christopher McQuarrie

Stars:  Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp

Reviewed by: Scotty

This movie sets up to be a romantic comedy slash crime thriller with twists and turns that catch no one by surprise.  These types of movies are so difficult to pull off and Donnersmarc certainly missed the mark here.

Jolie plays a mysterious woman named Elise who in the first scene eludes police to meet up with her lost love.  It seems everyone is watching this women but she somehow boards a train to Venice and meets her patsy Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp).  Tupelo falls for her immediately and in time and through adventure Elise begins to fall for Frank.

The police and the bad guys are now trying to catch Frank whom they think is the mystery man Alexander that had stolen the gangster’s money and evaded paying taxes to his government.  Frank is in bad situation after bad situation and Elise saves the day every time and eludes capture until the end when all the characters are involved in the climax and everything gets sorted out.

This movie was written in the style of Hollywood’s yesteryear which I can appreciate but Depp and Jolie were certainly not like Bogart and Bacall and as I watched I found the lack of chemistry between the two, disappointing to say the least.  There is a twist but I was hip to it almost immediately.   McQuarrie, who co-wrote “The Tourist” and was Oscar winning writer of “The Usual Suspects”, misses here as this has no Keyser Soze moment.

I give it 1 ½ guys

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