The Tourist was was of the highly anticipated movies of the year. Well how couldn’t it be with two of the biggest powerhouses in the industry in the leading roles right?
I didn’t really know much of the plot so I was going into this completely cold, which is a good thing usually. The tourist, in my humble opinion (right…humble) is a little bit of everything, and sadly not much of anything. Does that make any sense? It seems to be the only way I could describe it as I was watching it.
Angelina Jolie is Elise, a woman whom the police have been watching for years. She in English, and is in love with a man named Alexander Pierce who no one has the slightest idea of what he looks like…except Elise. He sends her notes throughout the movie summoning her to places. The first telling her that he knows the police is watching her and she has to lose them, so that they could be together. The instructions were simple, get on a train for Venice and find someone who looks like me, and make the police believe that it is me. Enter Jonny Depp, who is a math teacher from America named Frank on a train to Venice.
She succeeds in making everyone think that Depp is Alex, including mobsters who Alex stole 2.4 billion pounds from (or something obscene like that). After Elise kisses Frank on the balcony of their hotel, the mobsters go after him. That’s when I thought it got a bit interesting…almost an hour into the movie.
When I say that The Tourist is a bit of everything, and not much of anything, it means that it’s like a jack of all trades. It’s a little comedy, a little romance, a little thriller, a little mystery. It never fully succeeds at being one good film because you don’t really know what it’s trying to be. When the action starts you sit up in your seat. But as quickly as it starts it ends, and you’re left kind of wondering where it’s going.
There are a couple of plot twists in this movie which just kind of add a little fun, and yes at the end you do end up finding out who Alex Pierce is. I’m not going to tell you who it is, but I am going to tell you that I had the thing pretty much figured out after about an hour of and fifteen minutes. I actually said out loud when he was revealed “PREDICTABLE”.
Is this movie entertaining, yes it has it moments. Is it cute, definitely. Is it the showstopper we were all expecting…definitely not.
Or maybe I’m just way to cynical to enjoy anything anymore. Nah that can’t be it.
MOVIE RATING: 2.5 out of 5 stars