If the love of your life were to change their face, will you be fooled into thinking that they are someone else? The Tourist is counting on that.
Alexander Pierce, white collar thief, is being hunted both by Interpol, and the powerful gangster he stole money from. So he underwent extensive facial surgery to be unrecognizable. To find him, his hunters trail his beloved, Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie). Alexander contacts her, and instructs her to befriend a random tourist who has the same height and build as he does.
Enter Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp), Math teacher from Wisconsin, and unsuspecting tourist. He fits the bill, and gets caught in the middle of this cat-and-mouse game that is being played in beautiful Venice.
Johnny Depp is very good at playing the fish out of water, as well as the willing victim. And who wouldn’t want to be a willing victim if Angelina Jolie is the one reeling you in?
Angelina Jolie is utter elegance and mystery. She is born to play the enigmatic woman with many secrets, while attempting to penetrate secrets herself.
On her tail are Scotland Yard inspectors played by Paul Bettany and Timothy Dalton, while Rufus Sewell haunts the background with a role that will only be revealed in the end.
The Tourist is not a full-out action thriller, yet it has elements of action thrillers. It is not a full-out mystery, yet it has elements of mystery. It is not a romantic movie, but it has elements of romance. Neither is it a comedy, though the comedic elements are worth a good chuckle.
“Buon giorno,” said the Italian police officer. “Bon Jovi,” replied the American tourist, Frank Tupelo.
The movie was actually panned for being neither here nor there, and for not having chemistry between the two lead characters.
A handful of critics, though, praised the movie for its entertainment value. I identify with the minority, for I am not fond of tensing up too much for suspenseful sequences. And I like the humor that breaks the tension.
Also, I particularly like the breathtaking beauty provided by Angelina Jolie, and the city of Venice.
This is a good film to watch for light action and light comedy. Purchasing the DVD is worth it, because after you’ve seen it, you have to see it again. The second time around, pay attention to the clues that will lead up to the reveal in the end. At first, you would think that many of the scenes are contrived so that the audience could get a background of the situation. But when you see it a second time, the seemingly contrived scenes end up making sense.
One of the screen writers is Julian Fellowes, of Downton Abbey fame. Trust him to write scenes that tie up neatly in the end.
Forget the critics. This movie made almost $300 million because it is good entertainment.
My rating: Four hearts out of five ♥♥♥♥