Bringing together two of
Hollywood greats Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, director Florian
Henckel von Donnersmarck remakes the 2005 French Film Anthony Zimmer in
this romantic thriller that has parallels to Alfred Hitchcock and a
touch of the golden age of Hollywood. Unfortunately something just
doesn't mesh in the remake of The Tourist and Depp and Jolie feel like
chalk and cheese, the chemistry seems to be missing with both actors
wanting to be elsewhere, especially with their scenes together.
Given these facts, the story revolves
around Elise Clifton-Ward (Jolie), a beautiful international thief who is being pursued
by the wrong people, lead by Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff) where she literally
bumps into Frank Tupelo (Depp), a teacher who has a passion for spy novels. As
Frank becomes drawn into the international world of espionage thanks to
Elise, they must work together in order to escape the villains and
ultimately seal the movie with a kiss. Add in some interesting cameos
with Timothy Dalton as Chief Inspector Jones who is actually one of the
more stronger characters in The Tourist and much of the plots begin to
melt away with obscurity and boredom from the viewer.
Even so, the premise behind The Tourist is
actually quite interesting, however what starts as an engaging thriller
ultimately becomes a clichéd game of cat and mouse that is made worse by
Depp and Jolie's lacklustre performances which is a shame. The highlight
of the movie for me, besides the electronic cigarette which actually do
exist was the amazing cinematography of John Seale which really
showcased the beautiful architecture of Italy who really
made some great use of its natural colours and earthy tones.
Video, Audio & Special Features
Once again Sony release a high quality Blu-ray disc with some rather
decent video quality here. The image quality is quite sharp with vibrant
colours, deep blacks and some amazing attention to detail. Add in a
DTS-HD Master audio soundtrack and this release supports clear audio
that at times does make use of your surround sound system. Is should
also be noted that the musical score of James Newton Howard is quite
powerful that not only pays homage to the thrillers from the Golden Age
of Hollywood but adds a unique modern interpretation to them.
of special features, Sony have a plethora of interesting accessories to
the crime that include a rather insightful and interesting audio
commentary by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Add in some
short featurettes from the making of the movie to interviews with cast
and crew, trailers and a rather short outtake reel and Sony once again
ensures that their movies have the appropriate love given to all their
A Gala Affair
Action in Venice
Bringing Glamour Back
Tourist Destination-Travel the Canals of Venice
This romantic thriller had potential in creating a modern film based on many premises from the golden years of Hollywood.
Unfortunately the biggest problem with The Tourist are the two stars
of the movie, Depp and Jolie who lack any real chemistry behind the two.
If you seen Depp's latest performance in Pirates of the Caribbean on
Stranger Tides, the chemistry between his female co-star
Penelope Cruz is brilliant that is filled with humour, passion and
realism, it's just a shame that it didn't work in this movie, even with
all the plot holes.