Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost gold.
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 most important step for the director and producer was to find the right leading man for actress Angelina Jolie, who was already attached when Johnny Depp came on board. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck said: "We really needed someone who wouldn't be eclipsed by Angelina. When we brainstormed over what actor could be a true partner for her in terms of attractiveness, intelligence, and acting skill, the only name that kept coming to our minds was Johnny Depp." See more »
During the canal chase, when Frank is in the water, it is clearly visible he and the water aren't moving, except for a stream coming towards him to suggest he's dragged through the water. See more »
[as he is restrained]
I'm just a tourist. Just a tourist. He said I might get arrested at some point
[taking the passport]
But then you'd have to let me go because you have nothing on me.
Chief Inspector Jones:
The man that's been sending me these texts
[holding out his phone]
[taking the phone]
And the money, of course.
[looking through the texts in the phone]
Let me get this straight, because I'm a little confused. You received money from a man you've never met before, who sends you text messages ...
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Opening day (a Friday) enough of the critical reviews I read were negative enough, that I was asking 2 friends if they wanted to switch films - money is tight, yah know? But we agreed there was nothing wrong with checking The Tourist out, at worst there would be some eye candy.
Once again, I'm glad I blew the critics off - it's not that the negative reviews are wrong, exactly. There ARE too many scenes of entire rooms of people turning around to look at Jolie, like a perfume commercial (or someone with toilet paper stuck to their behind). Characters and relationships aren't fleshed out enough, and it's a predictable film - North by Northwest is far superior.
But. As one critic said, it's a frothy diversion, pleasant and fun. Thought the rumpled Depp was low-key and charming, and Jolie was gorgeous and a sympathetic character. There are some amusing twists, and our fairly full theater laughed a lot and was entertained by the film; at no point did any of us lose interest. There are far worse ways to spend a Friday night, and I'd recommend to anyone looking for some diversion and gorgeous views of Venice. Good for anyone looking to unwind after a long hard week.
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