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)
Johnny Depp and Graham King have been friends for years, and at the time of production, had recently teamed up on several projects. After wrapping one such collaboration and with an eye toward working together again, King mentioned to Depp that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and he were looking for a leading man to star in a fun, exciting, sexy thriller opposite Angelina Jolie, and both felt that he would be perfect for the part. So Depp and Donnersmarck had a meeting and talked about The Tourist (2010). Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck said: "I presented the kind of character I envisioned for him, and he liked it. Our meeting lasted three hours instead of one, and we laughed so much, that I realized I needed to introduce a lot of humor into the script to do justice to Johnny's charm." See more »
When Frank is chased on the rooftops the sun is shining bright. After he jumps jumps from a building upon a market stall the weather's suddenly quite foggy. See more »
Highly enjoyable - ignore the bad reviews. I can see why this was nominated as best comedy category - it's a fun thriller a la Hitchcock but less on the thriller side and more on the comedy side.
The scenery is stunning. It has a very on location feel. From the train travel to Venice - it's delightful.
The casting is great from the other worldly Angelina Jolie to the supporting cast Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Raoul Bova etc. Depp is suited to the role. His acting is understated and fits in well to the plot. The costumes that Angelina wears throughout are elegant in an old fashioned way. She looks quite thin though.
Some critics have said the plot is muddled but I didn't find this the case at all. It's all quite satisfying and easy to understand. Compared to the other new jigsaw puzzle movies this is really quite straight forward.
One of the most pleasing movies of the year.
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