Jan 29, 2011

Saturday Night at the Movies

The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie as Elise and Johnny Depp as Frank, is an engaging mystery of mistaken identity.  Both of these headliners are well known and superb and this films proves they work well as a team.  The premise is that Elise's lover, who stole over a billion dollars from a mobster, then had his face altered with plasic surgery, wants to reunite but also wants to throw both the mobster and the taxing authorities off track.  So he asks her to randomly pick out someone with roughly the same body build as his and convince everyone that she is in love with the decoy.  Of course she picks Frank, a school teacher on vacation in Europe.  

The supporting cast is really good too.  Paul Bettany, the tax inspector, has been in several big movies, perhaps most notably as the self-flaggellating priest in The Da Vinci CodeTimothy Dalton, as chief inspector, perhaps best known as Bond in License to Kill.  And Steven Berkoff who will be in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Best of all, this is an intense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will surprise you at the end.