The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Elise (Angelina Jolie) sits next to an American tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a train going to Venice. She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted by police. Not only will they need to evade the police, but also the mobster whose money her lover stole. Written by
Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)
For the Gala set, Jon Hutman and his team took ten weeks to design a concept for an empty space the size of a football field. Hutman and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, along with Location Manager Fabrizio Cerato, found the Scuola Grande della Misericordia in the Canneregio district in Venice, Italy, and fell in love with it from the moment they saw it. This vast interior of this eighteenth century building has exposed brick walls, typical in Venetian architecture, along with columns for building support. Hutman and his Supervising Art Director, Marco Trentini, and a team of twenty expert builders and painters, took four weeks after the designs were completed to bring the set to life. Because the building is historically preserved, The City of Venice had to approve every aspect of Hutman's design, right down to the nail. An entire mezzanine and balcony were built from scratch; sculpted and sanded to match the existing columns and floors. This was complete with a railed staircases. A dance floor was built from wood, and the wood was hand-painted to look like marble. A raised platform was constructed for the twenty-piece orchestra featured in the scene. The columns were wrapped with mirrors and squared wooden frames that were painted to blend in with the real white marble. Electrical outlets were installed for the crystal sconce accessories that radiated in the space. "As Elise and Frank dance, you have this glittering, sparkling background. Glamour. A formal but kind of raw elegance," said Hutman. See more »
From the time the snipers fire their rifles until the glass breaks in the hotel room seven seconds have transpired. AT 2,500 feet per second that a bullet travels the snipers would have had to have been approximately 3.3 miles away. That would be an incredible shot. See more »
Chief Inspector Jones:
Alexander Pearce has seven hundred and forty four million in illegal assets that given he is a British subject we might seize. This operation so far has cost me eight million. If I thought there was more that a one in a hundred chance you could be success, it would be rational for me to continue this operation... I do not.
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You can't get out of death & taxes, but you can skip seeing this film
(Synopsis) Elise (Angelina Jolie) randomly sits next to an American
tourist, Frank (Johnny Depp), on a Venice-bound train. The police have
been following Elise for over two years waiting for her to contact her
lover, who embezzled over $2 Billion from a mobster. The British
Economic Police want to collect its share (taxes) of over $775 Million
to be paid on this money. Frank, a math teacher, and Elise must evade
the police, and also the mobster who's money was stolen.
(My Comment) This movie is unlike many that Angelina Jolie has played
in, in that she is involved in very little action. Johnny Depp has a
few minor action scenes. Most of the time Angelina walks around looking
beautiful, and Johnny is like a lost puppy, almost as if they phoned in
their parts. It isn't a totally bad movie; because it only has a little
action and a poorly written dialogue for these talented actors. The
storyline is not complicated; the mobster's money man steals a large
amount of his money, and he is now on the run for his life, plus the
police want him too. The movie contains some beautiful panorama scenery
of Venice. Overall, the movie is not what you would expect, but it kept
my attention, and it is a little entertaining. By the way, there is a
story twist that you may figure out for yourself before the end. (Sony
Pictures, Run Time 1:45, Rated PG-13) (4/10)
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