Wednesday, 4 January 2017

ALLIED

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. —IMDB

Plodding, too long, laborious to watch and very little variation in tone across the whole movie. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard don’t have much chemistry going on between them so it’s a bit challenging to believe they’re really in love with each other. Cotillard’s acting is slightly better than Pitt’s — Pitt’s is pretty wooden throughout as if he is just acting by the numbers. The cinematography is good and comes close to recreating the feel of the old classic spy movies, if only the actors and director were as good. With the people involved, it should have been a lot better. There are some pretty inauthentic situations, for example the sex scene inside a tiny car in a major dust storm on top of a sand dune — I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have survived or would have needed digging out. Lots of cliches and the ending is underwhelming. Overall, a very average movie.


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