Thursday, February 16, 2017

Allied (2016)

Director: Robert Zemeckis. Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan. 124 min. Rated R. UK/USA. War/Thriller.

The entire first hour of the movie is already spoiled in the trailer: Canadian and French agents meet during a WWII assignment in Morocco, marry, work for England, then the husband is told his wife may be a German spy. Although Zemeckis handles the husband's ambivalent state after the debriefing admirably, two problems: 1. Why does the husband go through such a life-threatening endeavor to prove his wife's innocence/guilt, when the British intelligence already instructed him an easier path? 2. We're passed the times when people watch entirely fictional WWII stories. Audiences have gone truth-based, or at least truth-inspired.

PS: A few words on the story's veracity (or lack thereof) here.

PPS: Inglourious Basterds, Fury, Allied. I can imagine a "Brad Pitt: WWII Hero" DVD package coming out soon.

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