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Filmed in an interesting 1950's film noir style with much to commend its imagery and editing, the biggest problem is the rather tenuous and shaky plotline. Geismer (George Clooney) arrives in a shattered post-war Berlin as a war correspondent covering the Potsdam conference. The driver assigned to him is double-dealing Tully (Toby Maguire), a nasty piece of work behind a smart ass facade, who is shacked up with Frau Brandt (Cate Blanchett) and deeply involved in the black market. It transpires that Clooney worked in Berlin before the war and had a relationship with Brandt, who worked for him as a stringer. Since then she has picked up some Nazi skeletons in her closet. So far so good - the promise of something interesting is upheld in the first few scenes. Unfortunately the longer the film progresses the more the plot falls apart as something not that interesting. The revelations just aren't that shocking. Frau Brandt's odd personality change from cold to warm is disturbing too. A Scottish pimp and barman adds a touch of the bizarre. I couldn't figure out whether this character was meant to be a Scot or was just a Scottish actor who couldn't do a German accent. Clooney seemed to know him from before, which makes you wonder what a Scot was doing in wartime Berlin. There is also a red herring Russian General who specialises in long, enigmatic stares and a sinister mute German policeman with a nice line in sitting menacingly in shadowy black cars. A sort of Raymond Chandler meets GI Joe kind of film. Watchable but ultimately unsatisfactory.