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The Tourist
Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp
Directed by Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2011
103 minutes

The Tourist stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. She is the beautiful and mysterious dame, he is the innocent fish out of water caught in a web of intrigue. A remake of a French film starring Sophie Marceau, The Tourist does not really work but works enough to keep you watching. Some will find stylistic echoes of similar films from the fifties and sixties; they are wanted. There are also touches of humor here but not as much as there were supposed to be.

Von Donnersmarck says in the commentary track he wanted The Tourist to be a sit back and enjoy kind of thriller where the audience does not have to think too hard: that it is.

What is missing from the movie is chemistry between Jolie and Depp.

Angelina Jolie plays the mysterious Elyse. On a train to Venice and following instructions from Andrew Pearce, her just as mysterious boyfriend no one has ever seen a picture of, she picks out Wisconsin math teacher Frank as a patsy stand-in.

Both Interpol and a Russian mobster are after Pearce and consequently Frank.

The Tourist only really gets going about halfway through. There are a few plot twists and turns but this thriller of sorts has no real edge, core, or energy.

This is a movie you keep watching because it is just good enough to warrant it but not more.

The DVD and Blu-ray bonus materials are an outtake reel, director's commentary and two featurettes: "A Gala Affair" and "Bringing Glamour Back." Blu-ray exclusive materials include three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Action in Venice," "Canal Chats," and "Tourist Destination Travel the Canals of Venice."

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