"The Tourist" gets a really bad rap from the film critic world, but in my view it's very largely an undeserved reception. It may be due to the film's baffling Golden Globe nominations, that everyone feels the need to stomp heavily on the film to make a point - but it does come across as a bunch of fools who can't see the fun side of a movie.
The story follows the travels of Frank and Elise. Frank is an American schoolteacher, who recently became a widower and is currently travelling through Europe to try and reconnect with life. Elise is associated with a fraudster, dating a man who stole untold millions from both the UK Government and the Mob. When Elise meets Frank, she tries to convince the authorities that he is the criminal, sparking an international game of cat and mouse.
The film stars A-listers Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Whilst Depp seems to be having a lot of fun with the role, his chemistry with Jolie leaves a bit to be desired, and Jolie's acting abilities within themselves have never really inspired me, to be perfectly honest. The film also features Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton and Steven Berkoff in supporting roles.
It's basically a fun movie. There's a twist in there that could surprise some (although it's not half as clever as it thinks it is), but really, the fun here comes from the script and the Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck direction. A good way to spend an evening, no doubt.