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)
The film's Venice geography is largely fictitious. There is a real Hotel Danieli in Venice, located next to the Piazza San Marco with a large pedestrian area in front. The Hotel Danieli seen in the film is located in the Grand Canal close to the Ponte Rialto and is only approachable by boat. Its lower floors were filmed at the Palazzo Pisani Moretta with computer/studio extensions added for its top floors. When Johnny Depp escapes from the hotel, he runs across rooftops towards the Rialto Bridge, which is seen from south-west, but then jumps from a building and lands in the Rialto Market far north of the bridge on the opposite side of the canal. See more »
At 35m 17s the balcony shot appears to 'pump'. Not the focus, but the frame itself. In and out. As if the camera mount is shaking forwards and backwards. Slight enough such that say 12" or more of focus depth of field is not affected by this motion. See more »
Considering the previous great movie of this director(The lives of others), I was expected far more complicated story for "The Tourist". Although it has an amusing and even surprising story line, it leaves you with nothing when you step out of the cinema. None of the performances catches you as a great job. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp are good choices to attract the fans to the cinemas and they will almost quench their thirst of seeing sensually powerful Jolie and smart Depp with his charming sense of humor. But you think everything is formulated. after all that chasing and hiding and surprising themes, there is nothing about human being or conscientiousness that stays with you after the movie. It would've been a good "James Bond" type movie with some more action scenes. Specially when you see Timothy Dalton as a British Chief Inspector, this idea becomes ironically stronger.
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