The Tourist

D: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck
Columbia/Spyglass/StudioCanal (Graham King, Timothy Headington, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber & Jonathan Glickman)
US 2010
103 mins


W: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie & Julian Fellowes [based on the 2005 screenplay "Anthony Zimmer" by Jérôme Salle]
DP: John Seale
Ed: Joe Hutshing & Patricia Rommel
Mus: James Newton Howard

Angelina Jolie (Elise Clifton-Ward), Johnny Depp (Frank Tupelo / Alexander Pierce), Paul Bettany (John Acheson), Timothy Dalton (Insp. Jones), Steven Berkoff (Reginald Shaw), Rufus Sewell (Lawrence)

Following the excellent The Lives Of Others, director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's first English language film is a huge disappointment.

This international thriller opens in France, with Angelina Jolie doing her usual arse wiggle walk she does in any movie which requires her to be a slutty character.  Anyway, it turns out that she's a disgraced British agent. She receives instruction to get a train to Venice and choose a patsy on the journey. She opts the Johnny Depp and lands him in hot water when he's mistaken for an infamous criminal and he ends up on the run from both MI6 and a notorious gangster. 

This movie is ridiculously outdated considering Alfred Hitchcock made this same movie in 1935 and called it The 39 Steps.

The 'twist' ending is so blindingly obvious to anyone with half a brain that this movie is actually quite insulting.


Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp in The Tourist
Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp in The Tourist