January 29, 2011

The Tourist Movie Review

Johnny Depp stars an American Math teacher from Wisconsin who’s traveling throughout Europe to mend a broken heart and whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger.The Tourist’ plays a twist on the current crime thriller genre.

Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff

Synopsis: The plot follows the British police, led by Inspector John Acheson (played by Paul Bettany), as they track wanted criminal Alexander Pearce after he embezzled $2 billion from a known mobster. During an impromptu trip to Europe, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

My verdict: The characters are so full of mystery and intrigue viewers begin to forget whose tripping and trapping the other. Don't get me wrong, I like Depp and Jolie but they do not suit the characters of The Tourist. The movie is a bit of a cliche, it reminds me of Entrapment and The Thomas Crown Affair. The cinematography, setting and location are topnotch, you can't go wrong with Venice, Italy (visualizing, visualizing...I will visit this place before I kick the bucket)

The Tourist is still showing at Shang Cineplex until next week

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