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Las Vegas, NV (Dec 12) “The Tourist” opened Friday with Angelina Jolie’s beauty, her wardrobe, and Venice, Italy being the best of this movie. Jolie’s extraordinary beauty, a Paris café, and a train ride to Venice, a travel agent’s dream.
“The Tourist” is reminiscent of an old Hitchcock film, Rated PG-13 for violence, this would be a PG rated film if not for one disturbing scene where a man is strangled, while a tailor steps aside from his work and watches in horror, then resumes his work. Do not expect any sex scenes either, there aren’t any.
There is espionage with the British police chasing Elise, played by Jolie, hoping to catch Alexander Pearce, her lover, who owes millions in taxes from the billions he stole from this menacing, perfectly stereotyped gangster. Alexander instructs Elise to choose someone on the train whose height and built is similar to his, and make the British, and perhaps the gangster, think the stranger is he.
We really do not know what Alexander Pearce is thinking throughout the entire movie. The audience is never given a clue, but we do know Alexander has a new identity, including a new face that cost millions, financed of course by the gangster’s money.
Elise chooses Frank, an unassuming tourist from Wisconsin, played by Johnny Depp. When Elise and Frank kiss, everyone is certain Frank is Alexander Pearce and the chase begins.
The audience must endure notes being delivered by waiters, tucked inside bouquets of flowers, delivered to Elise at an elegant ball, where again, we get to see a stunning Jolie arrive by boat through the canals of Venice. After entering the ballroom, every man, woman, and waiter turn to watch her cross the room. It is an embarrassing moment for the audience; she is beautiful but who really does that?
Jolie gets a few superwoman scenes as Elise saves Frank from the bad guys believing he’s Alexander Pearce. Frank climbs out windows, walks across roofs, jumps from great heights, and is pulled from a boat while handcuffed and barefoot. He remains unharmed; not even a little scratch, blood, or torn clothing.
Director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck gives the audience a wonderful view of Venice and Jolie’s and Depp’s performances are as good as can be expected with the weak script they are given.
“The Tourist” is a spy movie with double agents or defected agents; we do not really care. There are a few suspenseful moments with a surprise ending. Sorry, the ending is not really a surprise.
Brenda Hyatt – WorldNewsVine Las Vegas