ARTS & LEISURE

The Tourist (USA 2010)

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany

Venues: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Hollywood Multiplex, CinemaPRO, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Sun Plaza


Unlike most films made these days, The Tourist, although highly superficial as a cinematic treat, bears resemblance with some of the best-known heist classics, from the “To Catch a Thief” family: it has rich people, wonderful scenery and sumptuous designs and two Hollywood iconic stars. What more could you possibly want?

The Tourist is a crime thriller with a light, witty touch, the sort of film Alfred Hitchcock might have made, which is exactly what Oscar winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck wants us to think, since To Catch a Thief is specifically his Hitchcockian reference for this film. The story is a clever reworking of the award winning 2005 French thriller, Anthony Zimmer, with Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal. Depp and Jolie are a terrific screen pair, given plenty of opportunities to show their acting chops in this double twisting story. Undercover or under stress, Jolie is never under dressed, floating in gorgeous gowns from Paris to Venice. So she should be, with a millionaire boyfriend who prearranges expensive gifts and complete wardrobes for her as she follows his instructions while he is on the run.

James Newton Howard provides an effective score and we get great slices of Venice – by day and also by night – which is no bad thing.

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