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The Tourist

Published May 9, 2011

The Tourist

Film info

  • Title The Tourist
  • Director Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Romance, Thriller, Action
  • Tagline It all started when he met a woman

Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path to flush out the elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair. 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. Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Timothy Dalton co-star.

Background Info

I’ve read quite a lot of bad reviews of this film, mostly revolving around the fact that whilst Angelina and Johnny are good enough, they don’t necessarily have the chemistry you might hope for. However, I’m not one to judge a film on reviews, happy to give two such stars a chance!

Live Blog

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00:01:35 - They are not being very subtle. It’s like being followed by the Google car. 00:05:09 - I like them reading out the plot of the film to us at the start. ****00:08:06 - It’s James Bond! 00:10:15 - They can’t possibly fix a burnt letter, surely? 00:11:14 - No way! 00:12:32 - What if there was no one? The plan would be ruined. 00:13:59 - She’s quite upfront. “That’s a terrible name.” 00:16:20 - Chemistry or not, the dialogue is fun. 00:19:23 - That looks like an awesome train. I want to go on it.** ** 00:23:12 - As ever, it takes five minutes of screen time to remember Johnny Depp is ace. He’s annoying like that. 00:26:37 - I like the idea of a hotel you can only get to by boat. 00:31:03 - Scampi is never a graceful word to say. 00:35:26 - Is he trying to look inconspicuous? All by himself, in a gondola, at night.** **00:40:54 - Uh oh. The trouble starts. 00:43:50 - At some point, he has to fall in a roof, surely? Venice can’t be that sturdy. 00:47:38 - Where did she go?** **00:48:46 - What was that? A cool gadget for disposing of cigarettes! I don’t smoke but I want one.** **00:51:02 - Oh no! Corrupt Italian man. 00:53:03 - The lady from Tomb Raider boating around the streets of Venice. 00:53:25 - This is the slowest getaway ever.** **01:01:48 - She put his book in there and everything.** ** 01:05:46 - Slightly confused now. 01:06:39 - He’s doing what he wants to do, like she told him too. 01:13:18 - A lot of this film is people talking at their wrists. 01:15:31 - Isn’t he not supposed to be on the case? How can he afford the boats and stuff? 01:16:52 - Are we ever going to see Pearce? How can he be better than Johnny Depp? 01:24:48 - It’s all quite tense. 01:25:41 - He can’t have learnt how to pick a lock just by watching her. 01:28:23 - “He’s a tourist,” like that’s a bad thing. 01:30:45 - Wow. Boom. That’s one way to clear a room. 01:33:58 - It’s so obvious. I basically said it out loud and still didn’t get it. 01:37:08 - Is that Muse?** **

Conclusions

You know, in the end I actually quite liked it. It wasn’t the best film I’ve ever seen but it had it’s moments. The relationship between the two was odd, but I wouldn’t say it was lacking chemistry.

I’m frustrated at myself and the twist. I said it out loud. I wrote it down, and I still didn’t get it.

I feel like this film is on the same level as Knight and Day, almost the same story although with roles reversed. However, the characters are more intriguing and/or likeable, and the acting is much better.

I’m torn between handing out a 3 out of 5, or a 4, but I will settle on this:

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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