The Tourist (2010) Review

Verdict: Shallow

Not a well crafted story which made it predictable, but acting was good.


Frank (Johnny Depp) finds himself being chased with people with guns after meeting Elise (Angelina Jolie). Frank is mistaken for a swindler who stole billions from a gangster as well as the government. Inspector Acheson (Paul Bettany) as well as Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff) both monitor Elise to get to Pearce, and mistakes Frank for the him. Directed by Florain Henckel von Donnersmarck.

It was pretty interesting at first with the development of the story, but it kind of drifted along for the rest of the film. It wasn’t boring to watch, but it was disappointing overall. Also, the ending was way predictable. With the development of movies nowadays, it isn’t that easy to fool the audience or wow them any more. This certainly failed to do so.

The acting though was pretty great. Well you can’t expect anything less from two A-list stars. They managed to get into their roles well, and Depp always just looks like Depp to me, regardless of his character. The chemistry between the two was somewhat superficial though, and felt more like “because the script says so”. Also, the fact that they objectified Jolie’s character and her body is horrendous. All the males turning their heads to follow her just makes me want to slap them, or the director. On top of that, she can take care of herself throughout the whole film, but at the end she just needs to be the damsel in distress. Pourqoi?

However, the setting of the movie complemented the film really well. The visuals were pleasing and wonderful. The addition of the Italian culture (boats, language etc) was cool, and makes me want to go there and visit.

That’s basically all there is to the film. The story went up and down, and got really predictable and cheesy at the end. The acting was great but the chemistry not so much. The setting of the film and its landscape was the best thing in this film.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, scenery
CONS: Plot, ending, chemistry, objectification of Jolie’s body

I give this a 6/10.

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