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The Tourist

A Wisconsin math teacher vacationing in Europe (Johnny Depp) gets swept into an international intrigue by a slinky babe (Angelina Jolie) who wants the agents surveilling her to mistake him for her money-laundering lover. This swanky Euro-thriller kneels at the altar of Alfred Hitchcock, and its second-hand North by Northwest plot is particularly entertaining when you realize that the suave and quick-thinking Cary Grant persona has been inherited by Jolie, not Depp. Unfortunately, this is one of those movies with a twist ending that turns a key character inside out, revealing earlier scenes to be essentially fraudulent and more or less invalidating one's emotional investment in the story. No one ever walked out of a Hitchcock movie feeling as cheated as this made me feel. The director is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, going Hollywood after his acclaimed German drama The Lives of Others; with Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, and Steven Berkoff.

Credits

Director:

  • Florian von Donnersmarck

Cast:

  • Angelina Jolie
  • Johnny Depp
  • Paul Bettany
  • Rufus Sewell
  • Timothy Dalton

Producers:

  • Graham King
  • Tim Headington
  • Roger Birnbaum
  • Gary Barber
  • Jonathan Glickman
  • Lloyd Phillips
  • Bahman Naraghi
  • Olivier Courson
  • Ron Halpern

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