- Director:Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck
- Cast:Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Rufus Sewell
- Release Date:December 26, 2010
- Running time:103 minutes
- Film Worth:$5.00
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The beautiful scenery and glamorous lead actors can’t make up for the increasingly absurd plot or flat performances.
Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck deserves credit for versatility. He made a masterpiece - The Lives Of Others - and now he's gone right to the other end of the qualitative spectrum.
The Tourist looks fine in a chocolate-boxy way - hard not to when it's set mostly in Venice - and boasts precisely two good performances: Angelina Jolie's as an enigmatic femme fatale, and Steven Berkoff's (though yet again this great actor is wasted as a sort of Bond villain). Everyone else is workmanlike at best, except Johnny Depp who's flat and wooden.
The basic idea is that the British government is chasing Alexander Pearce, a crook who stole an astronomical amount of money from a gangster called Shaw (Berkoff). Shaw wants his money back, the cops want the taxes on that money, and the trail leads - via Pearce's girlfriend Elise Clifton Ward (Jolie) - to Venice. Elise knows she's being followed, and attempts to confound her pursuers by taking up with a stranger on a train and pretending he's Pearce. So far, so farcical. The stranger in question is one Frank Tupelo (Depp), a rather nerdy maths teacher from Wisconsin who's on holiday in Europe to try and mend a broken heart. You can see where this is heading, can't you?
Admittedly, the actual ending of The Tourist is not entirely predictable, but then nor is it believable. And the most mysterious thing about the film is why Johnny Depp - who has carved out an extremely impressive cinematic career from impeccably chosen roles - agreed to be in it. Perhaps his feeble effort is a reflection of embarrassment. It's as if he's gone back to 21 Jump Street. Woeful.