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January 18, 2011

The Tourist [Blu-ray]

 

The Tourist [Blu-ray]

Product By Columbia Pictures
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Rating: 4.0
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Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie use their star power to help propel The Tourist to its ultimate, satisfying destination. It just takes a little while to get there. Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) sets a leisurely pace for The Tourist, which lets the film be equal parts mystery, romance, thriller, and comedy. But because of its lush cinematography and location-based shooting, The Tourist is perhaps first and foremost a valentine to the city of Venice. Jolie plays Elise, an international woman of mystery, somehow caught up with a glamorous thief who’s double-crossed a gangster, Shaw (Steven Berkoff, splendidly menacing). On a train from Paris to Venice, Elise meets Frank (Depp), a schlumpy math teacher from Wisconsin on holiday. Before the train hits Venice, poor Frank has become entangled in a dangerous web that he can’t begin to understand. As the plot unfolds, a group of stone-headed thugs dashes after Frank and Elise, darting through canals, across tile rooftops, and into some of the most beautiful hotel rooms in the world. The cinematography of John Seale and the score by James Newton Howard set an immersive tone. Depp and Jolie do a respectable job with their roles, though perhaps because of the mysteries in the plot, as a couple, Elise and Frank lack a certain oomph. But the supporting actors, including Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, and Rufus Sewell, are uniformly excellent, and the story (based on the French film Anthony Zimmer) wraps up nicely. Yet the true star of The Tourist is enchanting Venice–and anyone dreaming of a romantic getaway will not want to miss this trip. —A.T. Hurley

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Customer Reviews

Shades of Grant and Kelly4

Most likely this movie will work for true fans of film from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Tourist harkens back to a time when stories were presented as a sophisticated genre. What? No instant answers? No blood and flames and explosions? You have to be engaged with not only the senses but also the brain to fully enjoy this hat tip to an earlier era of film-making.

To set some information straight about the characters, Jolie’s character is named Elise – not Elsie. Depp plays his role of bumbling traveler to a T and Rufus Sewell adds a thread of mystery that has you guessing.

If you haven’t watched many foreign or Hitchcock suspense films set in the jet-set locals of Europe or been enamored by the slow pace of The Day of the Jackal, then you may find this film out of synch with your typical expectations. This film is rich with scenery, fashion, wealth, and low key twisty intrigue. What it lacks compared to today’s heavy handedness of a Borne Identity type film is exactly what makes this refreshing. The cinematography is stellar.

The best: Lush backgrounds and lean, well dressed characters with a higher level of vocabulary than the typical language du jour of most recent films. The worst: Probably too slow paced for the run of the mill viewer. The in-between: Drop the expectations of a Hollywood cookie cutter film adrenaline high and be entertained by the locale, the language, and the intrigue.

This is worth seeing if you are a serious film buff.
Perfection!!!!!5

Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron were the original leads, thank God this did not happen. I have not seen a movie that I’ve loved in a long time. Romance, mystery, humor, and class are the foundation of this breath taking cinema. I wish all movies could be this spectacular!
Great Movie – Lots of Fun!5

For a happy, feel good movie with lots of layers, intrigue, comedy, romance, hot actors, great acting, and a surprise twist don’t miss this film! I am so sorry to see it get lambasted by more professional reviewers in newspapers because this movie was wonderful. It was fun and lacked any of the stupid gross body humor found in a lot of (suspense) romantic comedies these days.

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