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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
Reviewed by: Klash

A comedy/crime film that doesn’t do much in the way of hitting the mark in either of the genres.  The film opens with Elise Clifton-Ward (Jolie), a target of a criminal investigation headed by Scotland Yard.  It’s believed that Elise can lead authorities to an international criminal named Alexander Pearce.  Leading the operation is Scotland Yard’s Inspector Acheson (Bettany) who is determined to apprehend Pearce at almost any cost.

As the plot slowly rolls on, Ward under the directions of Pearce boards a train which will bring her to his undisclosed location.  While on the train she is to find a decoy, someone identical in appearance to Pearce that can be used to elude the authorities.  Setting her sights on fellow traveler Frank Tupelo (Depp) an American tourist, it’s not long after that Frank finds himself neck deep in trouble. 

Falling flat from the start this film didn’t have much potential.  Even with the star power of Depp and Jolie it missed its mark.  This is one of those films just didn’t seem as though it was cast very well.  Depp and Jolie seemed to lack any connection and appeared rather awkward when sharing scenes making their characters unconvincing.  There isn’t much in the way of support from the secondary characters.  They were all forgettable and apparently used to try and fill in the numerous failed moments in the script.

The best part of the film would have to be the locations shot within the city of Venice.  The scenery was beautiful, unfortunately it didn’t seem to help capture the intended mood in many scenes, that fault falls on the script. 

Rating: One Guy

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