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The Tourist [Blu-ray]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2012
A different sort of mystery film, all about an American tourist who gets picked up by a beautiful woman while travelling on a train to Venice, and his adventures after being mistaken for crooked banker who is on the run from a gangster and the tax man. Some people might consider this a slow film, I would use the term gentle, although there are a couple of violent scenes, James Bond and Jason Bourne it is not. all the major players play their parts well, but the film belongs to Johnny Depp, who brings his own brand of bewildered innocence to the main character. To sum up a must for Johnny depp fans, and an enjoyable one and half hours escapism for every body else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2011
Elise Clifton Ward (Angelina Jolie) has a boyfriend who has stolen several billion dollars from a gangster (Steven Berkoff) who is after his blood. The boyfriend, who she later reveals disappeared on her and she has not seen him for two years, gives instructions via a letter that Elise should get on a train and pick up a stranger of about the same age and height as the boyfriend. This stranger turns out to be Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) who is a math's teacher and doesn't know what hit him when the gorgeous Elise sits opposite him on the train and makes conversation. They part at their destination in Venice and Frank, a widow of three years, is standing there minding his own business when Elise turns up in a speed boat and asks him if he wants to get in. He does, naturally, (poor twerp) and she takes him back to a fabulous hotel where a wardrobe full of designer clothes and jewellery await her. Unaware he is being used as a decoy, Frank goes to dinner with her and later, when they get back to the hotel, she makes him sleep on the couch. The next morning, looking cute in his lovely blue-striped pyjamas, he wakes up to breakfast and to the fact that she has gone. Next thing, two thugs come into the apartment with guns, and Frank is off out of the window, legging it across rooftops (he still runs like Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), perching on ledges, and leaping off balconies, all the while wondering what the heck is going on. Nothing is as it seems.

This is a great movie with lots of funny moments. I've also reviewed it on my website.

Also playing supporting roles are Timothy Dalton as Chief Inspector Jones, Rufus Sewell as The Englishman, and Paul Bettany as Chief Inspector Acheson.

It's a fun movie which makes me laugh out loud. I love Depp in comedic roles as he does them so well but you might like to check him out in a more serious role that many seem to have missed: Nick of Time (1995).
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2011
After reading horrible reviews I braced myself for the worst...that never came. If your expectations are a couple of hours of fun, action, humor and love, they will be entirely met and also exceeded by a twist end (you will predict it, but it is nice nonetheless) and the extra pleasure of seeing Mr Depp and Mrs Jolie together on the screen. Almost a parody of the spy movie with a heart, this is sure to please if you like James Bond with self-irony and if you are a fan of Depp and Jolie.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2011
If you're looking for 2 hours of good fun and entertaining you have a good option in The Tourist. Lovely scenarios, interesting and intriguing plot and a very funny Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) will certainly give you a good and relaxing time. It's not a masterpiece but it's not definitely bad as some critics considered it... Johnny can do better when facing different challenges (this one was too simple for his genius acting) but goes as far as he can with this tricky character - he's perfect.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2011
This is a good old fashioned film. No extreme violence, no explicit sex, just gentle comedy and a reasonably good story. Venice is beautiful, so are Jolie and Depp; if you just want to escape the brutal mayhem of real life, this is the film for you. Any way what's not to love about Johnny Depp?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 June 2011
Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie -Salt) is sitting in a Parisian café reading a letter from her lover, Alexander Pearce, telling her to take the train to Venice, then pick a man at random, matching her lovers height and build, and chat him up to make out it is him. Why ? because She is being watched by gangster Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff -A Clockwork Orange) with a crew of Russian thugs, who he was an accountant for, & stole billions from them before disappearing via some plastic surgery, so no one knows what he looks like. As well as Scotland Yard's Inspector John Achesonand (Paul Bettany -Master and Commander) & Chief Inspector Jones (Timothy Dalton -James Bond:Licence to Kill) who want tax due on the money apparently.

The Tourist in question, of the title of the film is Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp -Pirates Of The Caribbean), travelling on the train to Venice for his vacation. However he is soon swept up off his feet, by the very beautiful & elegent Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie). To his knowledge he has simply struck lucky with a beautiful woman, who wants him to accompany her during her stay in Venice. However, she has an ulterior motive for him, as we know, dragging him unknowingly into a World of gangsters & dirty dealings, in order to meet her true love in Venice. So basically in a nut shell, her lover will meet her in Venice, but as she is being watched around the clock, she needs to pick a decoy, and make them believe he is her lover. So in the confusion, they can escape together. However, things don't go all according to plan.

I found The Tourist to be an enjoyable film to watch, it has a high profile & experienced cast, so as you will expect the acting is good quality from the top down. Now, for those of you that haven't seen Johnny Depp acting as pretty much himself, like in Nick Of Time , i.e NOT playing the OTT characters he is famous for, then you maybe a bit disappointed if your expecting something bizarre. Jolie gives her usual good performance level, but doesn't need to break an acting sweat here. The other cast blend in well with they're respected roles, no one really gives a standout performance, its that kind of laid back film between blockbusters for the leads. It keeps you hanging on until the end, unless your smart. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2011
I really want to give this film 4 stars but I just can't.

The majority of this film is excellent. Reasonably smarty and witty dialogue combined with a tense spy thriller the film is hugely remeniscent of a bygone era of film making. I could easily imagine Cary Grant in North by Northwest mode slipping into Depp's role.

Living up to its name, it is full of glorious shots of venice - deep blue water, wonderful cloudless skies and beautiful hotels for the rich and famous and despite the tensions of the plot and dialogue, this does have the effect of keeping the tone a bit too light hearted.

The real downfall of this film though is the ending. The last five minutes of the film feel entirely at odds with the rest of the film, relying on a weak plot twist that appears to have been thrown in at the end of production on the wild whim of some mad producer. Not only does it not make much sense in the context of the rest of the film, it is also thematically inconsistant and if we are to believe it, makes much of the preceding hour and a half non-sensicle.

I would actually still recommend at least watching the film but be prepared for a let down at the end. Go in with that in mind and you may come out the other side!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2011
I know this was panned at cinema but I enjoyed it!! It's escapism and refreshing to have a plot that doesn't need painful concentration. It reminded me of Roman Holiday and had a Classic feel to it. There were some gorgeous shots of Venice.

Without giving too much away and keeping it as simple as possible: Elise, played by Jolie is a mysterious woman who is being watched by Secret Services. She picks out Frank (Johnny Depp) on a train from Paris to Venice to fool the Secret Agents into thinking that he is her boyfriend who is an International thief who has diddled some Russians out of a lot of money!! Frank is therefore inadvertently drawn into a web of intrigue and both he and Elise begin to fall for each other.

It might not be everybody's cup of tea but if you want something easy-going, fun and cinematic then give it a whirl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 June 2011
The tourist is a clever film is definitely worth a watch but I felt like after the first half an hour (Which was gripping) I began to lose interest. It was just a little bit slow going in that it started off really interested and slowly began to become a bit more predictable.

I watched this with family and they figured out the big plot twist within about thirty minutes - I have to admit I didn't and I loved the twist and the ending that went with it. I think it will depend on whether you like action all the time because you might expect that from Angelina Jolie but in this case that didn't happen. In fact, the major reason I picked this up was because Jolie hasn't made, in my opinion, a boring film yet.

I still wouldn't rate this as boring at all, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat. Still worth a watch.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2011
I love Angelina in her action-girl roles. Strong, beautiful and (in this one) with a knock-out English accent - what's not to love. She also gives tremendously good frock in this movie as she swans around in glamorous Venetian palazzo parties in between beating up bad guys. She looks amazing as does Venice. The whole thing is a visual treat - and that's before you even get to Mr Depp who appears a little podgier than usual but is as delightful and watchable as ever.

In terms of the story it's an ass-kicking spy action pic that also features the fabulous Paul Bettany as a frustrated British cop. There's something endearingly old-fashioned about the look and feel of the movie - I could almost imagine it being a remake of a 50s film. No extreme sex or violence, just a gorgeous setting, gorgeous actors and a twisty turny tale.
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