The Tourist Movie Review

The Tourist Movie Review


This upcoming movie is a new version of the 2005 French thriller, “Anthony Zimmer.” New movie, “The Tourist”, is reminiscent of classics like “North by Northwest” and “Charade.” In these movies, elegant and attractive people attack dangerous situations with cleverness and smart asides. While the dialogue may not be quite as cute as producers think, and the plot is a little thin, this is more than made up for by the presence of stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. This is an adult movie and not recommended for kids but it still promises a healthy box office return this season.

New movie release, “The Tourist”, really is a lot like “Charade.” The beautiful Angelina Jolie is very much like Audrey Hepburn. They’re both amazingly thin and look fabulous in haute couture. Jolie plays Elise Clifton-Ward, who like Hepburn’s character, is also a woman in big danger. Interpol and mobsters are out to get her so that she can lead them to her money laundering boyfriend who has pulled off a heist that took billions from his employer, gangster Ivan Demidov, played by Steven Berkoff. He is said to have paid millions to a plastic surgeon to have his face totally remade. Elise manages to become friendly with an American tourist and math teacher, Frank Tupelo, played by Johnny Depp, during a trip on a train to Venice. He suddenly becomes the shocked prize in a fierce and deadly pursuit.

In an attempt to recreate the golden era, James Newton Howard has produced a cloying score. The cosmopolitan wit that directors Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie and Julian Fellowes aspire to is never reached.

Actor Paul Bettany plays an Interpol agent as well as does Timothy Dalton who plays his superior. The remaining supporting roles are rather weak, although Rufus Sewell does an excellent and suave job in one cameo. As for the story, anyone who’s seen “Charade” will have it all figured out.

Movie reviews are going to reveal “The Tourist” for what it is: a B movie attempting to masquerade as an A movie. However, it’s better to see this movie than not to see it. Venice looks beautiful in the movie, both the canals and scenery and the five star hotels and ballrooms. When the stars who are falling in love happen to be Jolie and Depp, romance goes over the top. Everyone will enjoy their chemistry. You have to say one thing for von Donnersmarck – he certainly picked the right stars for the big roles.


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