The Tourist, a 1st Hollywood Film by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, might just be a flop! On the flip side, it is entertainment of some kind. Perhaps the crowd just had a loss of words to describe it. While one woman managed to chuckle throughout the movie, there was little viewing reaction otherwise. Closing credits lead a low murmuring sneak preview crowd to the exits. Many escaped theatre 11 at the AMC in Santa Clara, with no comment. Perhaps, fans were baffled. Perhaps Angelina Jolie is the perfect trap, to this perfect trip set in Paris France.
Jolie, staring as Elise Clifton Ward, a beautiful Englishwomen, is being followed by the Metropolitan Police in France. The first scene reveals an eight million dollar sting operation, at its weakest. Surveillance zooms in on X’s rear end as she sways down a Paris street, and sits bistro style, outside a café. The mystery slowly un-folds, when Ward receives a stationary sent by courier, read’s it and set it on fire.
Ward, is investigators link to the missing Alexander Pierce, a thief, wanted in 14 countries, assumed to be under disguise. Ward, along with the police wants to catch site of Pierce, yet she finds herself summons to find a decoy. Handsome Johnny Depp, on the 8:22 train becomes the decoy. Depp plays an American Mathematician, Frank Tupelo, a tourist. The encounter of this mysterious English Women and the American tourist, drawls the attention of investigators and a big time gangster, seeking revenge on Pierce. The cat and mouse chase continues, with Tupelo tied up and in danger of Pierces, unsettled business. The plot on paper might seem to have more danger, but on screen, it’s kind of a romantic spoof.
Some movie goers might have left peppered, expecting more of Jolie’s, quick witted CIA agent role in Salt. Others might give the movie a pass, just on the fact of the leading characters were appeasing to site. One man gave it a confident thumbs down, but it shouldn’t be ruled a lemon. The tourist has a twist, and if you stick it out to the end, you might chuckle too.