For a film to be successful the important ingredient is the right storyline with a screenplay that keeps the tempo on a good throttle. If the storyline or the screenplay is not well-knit then the movie does not go well with the audience irrespective of the presence of saleable stars. “The Tourist” which has Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the lead fails to meet expectations as the major spoiler in this case is the lackluster screenplay.

The movie is rich in terms of production values with the splendor of Venice captured in all beauty and add to that, gorgeous Angelina Jolie walks across in pretty costumes. Johnny Depp on the other hand adds more blocks to the puzzle as the story unravels. It begins with Elise (Angelina Jolie) meeting up with Frank (Johnny Depp) in a train journey from Paris to Venice.

When they both get down at Venice, Elise pulls Frank to her hotel room on the disguise as he is her husband. On the next day morning police come chasing for Frank suspecting him to be Alexander Pearce who has stolen big money from a gangster. Fearing arrest Frank escapes the hotel room which leaves Inspector John (Paul Bettany) puzzled.

Elise then comes to the rescue of Frank and when things seem hopeless and when they decide to give-up, a major jolt in the storyline rocks the flow. The jolt however is not new for the viewers and mid-way through the movie, the real identity of few people can be easily predicted.

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has missed the trick with this film as the latter half of the film seems to be dragging a bit. Even the gorgeous Angelina couldn’t do much to save the fortunes of the film. However, this does not take away the good work put in by Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp for their natural acting in the movie.

Screenplay writers Christopher McQuarrie, Jullian fellows along with director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck wanted to provide a fun filled action entertainer which is there to an extent but not completely to the satisfaction of the viewers. The first-half moves at a brisk place but once the plot establishes and the story rolls on, the screenplay somehow seemed to have hit a road-block and it moves at slow pace much to the disappointment of viewers.

The movie has a running time of 96 minutes and with proper thinking and a gripping screenplay, the film would have been a perfect Jaw-dropping entertainer.

“The Tourist” neither fails nor impresses.

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