The Tourist (2010)

Looking for a tense romance thriller? Then this is the first calling. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. What more is wanted?

Angelina Jolie plays Elise Clifton-Ward, a woman the police have their eye on. A very close eye on to say the least; following her every move. Behind all this following is a crazed detective, a detective extremely determined in solving his case, one which we know has been going on for quite a while and has been rather unsuccessful. But Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany) will not give up until he has found Alexander Pearce. A man the audience does not know who he is, why he is wanted until further in or what he looks like. An element of the film the audience is engaged in and intrigued until the very end; to say the least, they do it well. All we know is that Elise is in love with this man and only she knows how to find him.

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But where does Johnny Depp come into this. Because I’m sure many are huge fans of the amazing Johnny Depp. I am, of course! From him being the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, there’s too many! Anyway, the point is, you hear Johnny Depp and you know it’ll be a good watch. And ‘The Tourist’ isn’t any different. He plays Frank, a down to earth character, one that is comical and naïve to the situation Elise has put him in. A simple math teacher that Elise just happens to be sitting next to on the train, well not so coincidental, she does choose him in her plan. A plan to convince everyone else that he is Alexander Pearce, so this poor math teacher from Wisconsin is brought into the situation, being shot at and his life threatened repeatedly, a tourist caught into the wraps.

Bring in an angry, violent British gangster (Steven Berkoff) determined to find the man who stole from him and it just adds an emergency tension to the film. A more specific edge of violence and threatening Frank even more, even if he is a character we love so much. ‘The Tourist’ is a very thrilling tense film, but one that is very enjoyable. One that has a mixture of action and romance thrown within.

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The actors are perfect and the tension of the film is amazing in intriguing the audience and bringing them in until the final second of the film, one that is never a disappointment. So if you are looking for a film which will grab your attention, make you occasionally giggle and route for Frank, then this is the perfect and only choice.

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