For a movie as dripping in glamour as The Tourist
to work, the script needs to be so full of twists and turns that the audience never has a moment to catch their breath (think North by Northwest
) or so witty and knowing that it's like we're being invited into a very cool party (Charade
). Sadly, director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's movie falls well short on both counts.
The film's entertaining first act hints at greatness that never develops. Elise (Angelina Jolie) sips tea and orange juice in her favorite Parisian cafe as agents from Scotland Yard -- led by the determined Acheson (Paul Bettany) -- monitor her every move. It seems...