Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.
Directed: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
What we think: For a while I thought that there was no film that could beat Batman and Robin to the title of worst film ever…or one of them at least, that was until I sat down and put The Tourist into my machine.
From the outset it seemed pretty clear that Jolie and Depp had said ‘yes’ to this film simply for the fact that it gave them the chance to shoot in one of the world’s most beautiful cities…Venice, kind of a working holiday of sorts.
Its a hash of poor plot twists, poor acting and a script that would have needed a re-work by the finest writers in Hollywood to even get it to a plausible state.
Elise (Jolie) a highly attractive woman with hidden secrets looks to use Frank (Depp) as a decoy in order to evade the hot on the heels police Inspector (Bettany) and Russian mobster Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff). It’s pretty obvious from the outset where its all heading with even the action scenes a little bland, a roof top and boat chase are really all that’s offered to us.
If you didn’t spot the obvious twist from the opening few scenes then shame on you, but even that does little to boost the films credentials as a romantic thriller. Jolie does her best to pout her way through as she sways her shapely figure across the screen while making a number of clothing changes, twelve in all throughout the film.
Depp resembles Captain Jack Sparrow after a make over and his talents are largely wasted as he casually waltzes his way through this. Its terrible, plain and simple, if you want a romantic action thriller then I would plump for Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Knight and Day.
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