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The Tourist

A 2010 film starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

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  • Dec 12, 2010
Crime capers or in this case a scheme to “Catch a Thief”. Those who are familiar with Hitchcock’s beloved film know that it wasn’t one of the best Hitchcock movies (God, I punched so many holes in its narrative that it won’t be able to stand up at all) but it was enjoyed primarily because of the lead performers who were Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Well, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Tourist” is a remake of the 2005 French movie “Anthony Zimmer”; it also puts two very charismatic performers in Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. The film promises one made of adventure and romance in a great locale with gorgeous costumes and stylish visuals. Well, honestly, Depp and Jolie can pull it off as they prove to be enthralling onscreen together as the director knew that the plot is a little fragile, it pushes for a knock out amid its superficial dimensions.

Elise (Angelina Jolie) is a mysterious woman with a mysterious past. She has been instructed to select a look-alike companion to distract the parties surveying her namely agents of Interpol led by agent Acheson (Paul Bettany) and a mobster group led by Ivan Demidov (Steven Berkoff). On a train, she picks up an unknowing tourist named Frank Taylor (Johnny Depp), a math teacher from America to unknowingly pose as her fugitive lover named Alexander Pearce. Despite the confusing situation, Frank finds himself attracted by the ever-mysterious Elise, even as he becomes sucked into this very strange dilemma that is putting his life at risk…

                               Angelina Jolie as Elise in "The Tourist"

                                               Johnny Depp as Frank in "The Tourist"

            Paul Bettany as Acheson in "The Tourist"

It is common practice for a Foreign film to be beefed up for the American audience. I have no idea as to why, but it seems like French movies hold a charm in storytelling that leave American producers intrigued. The film’s main premise is very simple; it is made up of mysterious events, an ocean full of supposed unexpected misdirection and some twists and turns. Actually, “The Tourist” is essentially a chase movie, we see the efforts to conceal the identity of one Alex Pearce while on another side to expose his identity. The film relies on the ability of Depp and Jolie to entice and mesmerize the audience, and they deliver, the two do make wonderful chemistry and sex appeal despite the film’s futile plotline. The duo do remain low-key, as to exude a feeling of unfamiliarity; Jolie makes for a convincing presence as a woman who can have her way with any man and Depp is as funny as a man reacting to such a woman.

Keeping up a sense of intrigue, the screenplay focuses on the relationship of Frank and Elise; the two are taken within the beauty of Venice as the mood and tone of a classic ‘Hitchkokian’ thriller is imitated and it allows the viewer to try and make for the motivations between the characters. There are some intended misdirection on the part of the script; you know there is a twist coming and you have an idea, but you are not exactly sure how it will play out and what it is. The film wisely leans on Depp and Jolie to cover up the futility of the plot. Unfortunately for me, I figured out the movie at the 30 minute mark, but I was still left rather curious to find out if I was right and the direction and the performances did keep me interested. It is also to be noted the film looked stunning; the candlelight scenes, the ball, the sunsets were just exquisite that it matched the flirtation between the two lead characters.

                       Rufus Sewell as The Englishman and Angelina Jolie as Elise in "The Tourist."

                      Paul Bettany as Interpol Agent Acheson and Timothy Dalton as Interpol Agent Jones in "The Tourist."

                     Angelina Jolie as Elise and Johnny Depp as Frank in "The Tourist"

Yes, the plot is a little flimsy and once you start decoding the caper, you will punch a lot of holes as in Hitchcock’s “To Catch A Thief”. Not to say that the twist and turns were ineffective, they were actually nicely timed and executed, but I guess what dragged the film down was that it didn’t achieve a feeling of tension especially in the final act. It is all well and good, but the direction could never generate a feeling of suspense as to who or what Elise was really playing for and how can Frank be so naïve. Depp was just so cool as he delivered his lines; they were simple and yet the actor felt very confident and suave, his presence just exuded that charisma while he delivered the film’s subtle humor. Much as I liked the supporting characters, they were still staples of other films of this kind. I rather thought that while the twist was welcome, it should’ve been a lot more exciting than how it turned out to be.

“The Tourist” is a mischievous ride if only for a sensual state of mind. The film wasn’t bad but it sure was disappointing that a film like this went this far and never reached what it was supposed to because it shied away. It should have been reminiscent of the classic romantic capers of old, and it should’ve been a lot more entertaining than it was. Still, “The Tourist” is not waste of time and has enough goodwill behind it. Lightly funny, has beautiful scenery and somewhat thrilling, it had enough charms to lift it past the middle ground.

Recommended Timidly [3 Out of 5 Stars]

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December 18, 2010
I'd rather be the tourist than see a film named after it. But hey, if it's the actress & actor you're after, then this is probably the movie, lol... Speaking of which, don't u do anything else other than watching movies after movies? ;-)
December 18, 2010
ha-hah. well, I do do other things, but usually I cannot write about them here... or maybe I am too drunk to write LOL! ;)
December 13, 2010
Saw the previews for this and was curious. I'm mighty tempted to see it after reading your review though!
December 14, 2010
Did you read Chris Pandolfi's review of this same movie? His opening paragraph was just hilarious.
December 13, 2010
Brilliant review, sir. I haven't seen it yet, but it doesn't seem very enticing, despite the two big name actors attached to the film.
December 13, 2010
Thanks, Kathleen!
December 12, 2010
I've been waiting for this review! LOL Except for Depp's performance, it seems I'm not missing a whole lot. Great insight on the movie Woo!!
December 12, 2010
Your expectations were spot on. Depp took most of the film's burden.
December 12, 2010
He's more than just eye candy for sure..yuummmmm!! It's great he did so well in it; I wonder if any other actor would have been capable of taking "most of the film's burden"? LOL As far as Jolie - well, never mind; I'll shut up now.
December 12, 2010
see Depp can downplay his appearance and he can make himself look naive and flabbergasted--maybe even dumb. He's a good actor. Jolie has been typecast but I know she can act. Too bad her offers involve her playing similar roles these days.
December 12, 2010
Yes - Depp is wonderful as an actor; even though I think he's hot, I still am able to pay attention to his abilities and his characters, not just his looks. I think Jolie can act too, but like you said she is typecast, but I swear I believe that's the way she wants it; thing is, when she's older and loses her looks and is not cast in action movies as the sexy character she usually plays, she will not be known as a respected actress.
December 12, 2010
Yes. Such is the way of H-wood unfortunately. Jolie gets the stereotypical roles since that's where the big $$ are. Jolie did really well in CHANGELING. I like Depp myself, he is pretty versatile. Liked his "Captain Jack Sparrow" and "Scissorhands"
December 12, 2010
I thought he was a brilliant hot pirate as Jack Sparrow; the new Pirates comes out next year and am looking forward to it. Loved him in Edward Scissorhands, in fact, I felt sad at the end. I cried at the end of Blow cause he just got into that character so well and he was wonderful in Secret Window; especially since it was a movie with so few actors in it; he held up his part through the whole movie.
December 12, 2010
Angelina is the devil. I must keep away. ; )
December 12, 2010
I think Jolie would play a good villain. :)
December 12, 2010
I've been looking forward to seeing this! Great review.
December 12, 2010
Thanks for the read, Bethany!
December 12, 2010
Honestly the only reason I want to see this is because of Depp, after reading your review I know for sure to wait for a rental. Excellent review WP.
December 12, 2010
Yeah. This was fun but nothing really worth raving about. I guess my mistake was figuring it out before the movie was even in the halfway point.
December 12, 2010
i'm on my way to see this one as soon as i can, it looked really good prior to reading your review, and now it looks even better!
December 12, 2010
Yes, this had its redeeming qualities and the plotline had its ambitions. Yet there was something missing. While it wasn't bad, it sure wasn't as good as it should've been. You'll know what I am talking about once you see it. Thanks for the read, Meghan!
April 16, 2011
Ok so it took me longer than expected but i finally saw it, and i liked it. These are two of my favorite actors and they both did beautifully in this. Its good to see Depp in a "human" role every once in a while too.
April 16, 2011
I agree. I kinda got used to him playing Captain Jack and those crazy Tim Burton flicks....review?
April 16, 2011
Im still stuck with my android phone being my only internet access and i think reviews might be beyond its abilities but i havnt actually tried yet lol
April 16, 2011
I know what you mean, I have an android phone too. too bad there is no lunch.com app LOL! (or is there?)
April 17, 2011
There isnt one that i know of but i think its something to be considered lol
April 17, 2011
I know huh! LOL!
More The Tourist (2010 movie) reviews
review by . December 24, 2010
This movie was aggressively mediocre, pretty much nothing but a star vehicle for Johnny and Angelina. For those who don't know what a star vehicle is, it's a movie that has nothing going for it other than the celebrity of one or two leading actors. If two different actors were cast in the roles of Frank and Elise, then this movie would be worse than 0%. That being said, it wasn't a good movie, not even close.      I like Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany, but I cannot …
review by . November 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For those of you who know me even a little, you are aware I adore Johnny Depp and I despise Angelina Jolie.  The movie itself, based on what I have read, sounds like it could be pretty well action-packed, but why in the hell did they have to put Depp with HER?  Sorry if I have insulted Jolie fans, but I just do not like her; never have, never will.      I will admit she looks good in the trailer and in photos; I am not blind after all.  Depp looks hotter than hell …
review by . July 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Angelina Jolie is the girlfriend of a mysterious man who is wanted by both Interpol and some very bad Mafia guys (led by the guy who played Victor Maitland in Beverly Hills Cop). While she is having her breakfast at an outdoor cafe, a letter is delivered to her. The letter is from her boyfriend who tells her to go to the train station to a train going to Italy and try to meet a stranger that is the same height and build as he is. This will make Interpol think the stranger is her boyfriend and throw …
review by . February 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
After I kissed YOU!
Who’d have guessed what a lunch with a stranger whom one met on the Intercity train could turn into? Other than the promise of romance and adventure, right? Well, sometimes being too optimistic can be treacherous…       In The Tourist, as a tourist what would one look for? Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world if not the most romantic, is a great place to visit and since I had been there almost 2 decades ago, this brings back a lot of fond memories. …
review by . December 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Angelina Jolie’s appearance in “The Tourist” may someday set records for sheer photogenic appeal. She plays one of the most glamorous undercover agents ever to grace the silver screen; her wardrobe, her makeup, and her hair are all immaculate, and for some strange reason, they stay that way all 103 minutes of the film. Even when her character is roughed up by an odious mobster near the end, she still looks as if she has been prepped for a “Vanity Fair” photo shoot. …
review by . February 05, 2012
Not a great movie
Angelina Jolie stars as Elise, an alluring and mysterious woman whose every move is being watched by Interpol. Knowing that, she boards a train for Venice and picks up an unsuspecting tourist (Johnny Depp) who quickly falls in love, is arrested, and has to run for his life.      I liked the beginning of this movie, thanks to Johnny Depp's' sweet portrayal of a mousey math teacher who naively speaks Spanish to Italians and can't believe his luck in meeting the glamorous …
review by . December 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Mediocre Vacation
THE TOURIST Written by Florian Henckel von Donnersmark, Christopher McQuarrie and Jullian Fellowes Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmark Starring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany and Timothy Dalton   Frank Tupelo: You’re ravenous Elise Clifton-Ward: Do you mean ravishing? Frank: Yes, I do. Elise: You’re ravenous   Some poor sap of a math teacher from Wisconsin is sitting on a train en route to Venice from Paris when it happens.  A devastatingly …
review by . December 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For some reason with so much star power and Oscar winners working on the script I somehow expected more from this movie. But now it seems the reason this movie was signed on by so many was for a paid vacation to Venice. Not to say I blame them, but I would hesitate before I indulge their fantasies, unless of course you want to get away a little yourself.      This is a classic tale of a female temptress and a bumbling hero. Angelina Jolie fills the role, and every part of her …
review by . June 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
12A - 103mins - Action/Drama/Romance - 10th December 2010      Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, star in this action romance as Frank and Elise. Whilst on a vacation to Italy to recover from a broken heart, Frank a maths teacher, is minding his own business on a train when Elsie sits opposite him. They strike up a bond and Frank thinks its his lucky day when he runs into her later. Unfortunately for him, this is not a chance encounter but rather a scheme by Elise to use him …
review by . December 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   The Tourist? Maybe The Borefest! This movie is nowhere near being disappointing it just suck from start to finish. First of all, the story is full of cliches and bad lines. The characters could not make something remarkable thanks to the bad development. The dialogue in this film is not just poor but lame and forced. The pacing is also something that enrages the viewer. It really gets dull and boring. Too many scenes having nothing important to show but only pretty faces and long (could …
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The Tourist is a 2010 thriller film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. It is a remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany

Release: December 10, 2010
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Genre: Thriller
Release Date: December 10, 2010
Screen Writer: Julian Fellowes
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