I went to this movie with fairly low expectations. The critics didn’t like it (review by Roger Ebert of the The Tourist). So… I LOVED IT! The critics missed it. Ebert got it right that it’s a Audrey Heburn/Cary Grant, but he missed the rest.
However, there’s something special about the way I watched it. If you watch this movie the way it’s shown, I think/guess most people don’t get it and, yeah, I think it would stink.
SPOILER ALERT (but also the key to enjoying this movie)
If you know this, it makes it a different movie and very good. Without this, I think it would be slow and boring. With it, it’s patient and calculated. It’s close to a Hitchcock movie.
The secret (and spoiler) is: Frank Tupelo is Alexander Pearce. If you know that early, it’s a different movie. Here’s my logic, if you’ve seen the movie…
I was watching the train dinner scene and thought, they’re putting the note together, he had to know they’d put it together when he told her to burn it. So it must have been on purposes that he told her that. The note said “find someone my height and build and make them believe it’s me.” Ah ha, so she gets on the train, meets up with the real Pearce (but he looks different), the cops put the note together and then believe whoever she’s with is definitely NOT Pearce.
So what’s the point of the rest of the movie? There’s the story of the gangster and such, but the real story is a love story. So my question was – does she know he’s really Pearce. I believe she does. I got scared here – if she knows he’s Pearce, they’re really acting like she doesn’t even when no one is around. Why? When the reveal comes, it’s going to make this whole movie VERY dumb.
However, I believe based on some dialogue (again, only decent b/c you know the secret), she knows it’s him, but they are completely pretending they don’t know each other. Why? They were in love before and now need to know if she can love THIS guy. The guy Pearce has become after 2 years.
To escape the police and gangster, he’s become a new person. Can she love him? Yes. But, she’s a cop! I believe he does NOT know this. So once she actually loves him, then she wants to get rid of him to protect him.
She drops him off at the airport, “blows her cover” and wants to give up Pearce to the police (knowing that was really him). At the ball, she makes no attempt to hide running after “Pearce” calling his name. I believe this and going to the apartment later are mostly just acting/stalling/etc. by her to get Pearce free.
Ending, gangster’s dead, cops are fooled, all’s great. And Frank is Pearce (he opens the safe!). If I hadn’t watched it this way, I would have thought it was a terrible movie. Why are they faking it? Why not just get the money and leave? It was all for nothing and badly done! Not in my opinion.
And I think she must have known he was Pearce – she wasn’t too surprised when he opened the safe. And their conversation at the end was key to the love story – they focused on – can she love this guy.
Despite Jolie claiming she only did it b/c it was a quick shoot in Italy, I think it was a really good film. Did Depp gain some weight for this?
I give it 4 Babbles