Most helpful critical review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing - much potential
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!