Star cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany,
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
Plot: Johnny Depp, a tourist in Venice, falls in love with the beautiful Angelina Jolie, who is the girlfriend of a mysterious thief. Trouble begins when the police take Johnny to be the thief and start chasing him.
What’s Good: Johnny Depp’s acting; Angelina Jolie’s pouted lips. Nothing else!
What’s Bad: The clichéd story; the confused plot; and the absence of any chemistry between Johnny and Angelina.
Verdict: The Tourist’s path will be full of obstacles.
Watch or Not?: Watch it only if you have nothing better to do this weekend.
Loo Break: Anytime!
GK Films, Spyglass Entertainment and Studio Canal’s The Tourist is the story of an American tourist who gets embroiled in a high-profile robbery case after he falls in love with the thief’s girlfriend.
Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is a mathematics teacher from the USA, holidaying in Europe. On a train ride from Paris to Venice, Frank meets a beautiful but mysterious lady, Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie). Frank is immediately taken in by Elise’s charm and grace. On arrival in Venice, he accompanies her to her high-end hotel suite. Soon, he discovers that Elise is the girlfriend of a mysterious thief who stole billions from a Venetian gangster. An international investigation has been mounted to look for the thief, whom Elise has not met over the last two years. Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany) of the Scotland Yard and the Italian Interpol are following Elise to obtain some clues about her mysterious boyfriend, who, they believe, might have undergone plastic surgery. Not only this, Venetian gangsters are also trailing her for the prize catch.
In their night at the hotel suite, Elise, who had deliberately picked Frank from the train because he is of the same height and build as her boyfriend, kisses Frank in full public view. Now, both, the cops and the gangsters, who are sure that Frank is indeed the mysterious thief, go all out after him. Next morning, Elise leaves the hotel and Frank is confronted by two gangsters. As Frank is being chased by the gangsters, the local Italian police arrest him. A corrupt police officer trades him to the gangsters but Elise comes to his rescue. Frank is a distraught man. He wants to know why everyone is hell-bent on killing him, a simple tourist. Who is Elise? Is the mysterious thief finally captured? The rest of the film answers these questions.