The Tourist

Posted by james on Feb. 17, 2012

There are spoilers here, but I don't think they matter. A mysterious lady needs to lead police away from her criminal husband, so she picks a man at random. She leads him on, which in turn leads the police to believe he is her husband, and this innocent tourist gets in the middle of gangsters, police, interpol, etc.

Sounds very intriguing, and it probably should have been. But it wasn't. for some reason even with decent actors (Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp), and with some action sequences, the whole thing feels... flat. There's not much excitement or investment.

And in the end, the big question is whether or not Johnny Depp (as the mild mannered innocent tourist) is actually the criminal husband or not. He's not until the last 2 minutes of the film. And then... surprise! He *is* the husband! Except that it's not really a twist if everyone's expecting it all along. So no real surprise there.

So in the end, I feel like the premise could have turned into a much better movie than this.