Movie review: The Tourist

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

From locale to fashions to its mistaken identity premise, "The Tourist" is heavy on old Hollywood style. That can be glorious, but it's generally not enough to keep a movie going for 100 minutes.

Angelina Jolie is Elise Clifton-Ward, the consort of a billionaire con man being sought by Interpol and his last mark, a ruthless gangster (Steven Berkoff). Johnny Depp plays math teacher Frank Tupelo, a hipster-ish version of Cary Grant's character in "North by Northwest."

On a train to Venice, with cops and mobsters following Elise to get to her lover, she latches onto Frank to fool them into thinking he's their man with fresh plastic surgery. Frank is soon on the run from goons with big guns.

A faster pace and a less cliched screenplay would've helped the glamorous fantasy created by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others"). As is, "The Tourist" is too caught up in looking good to engage.

At least Depp and Jolie seem to be having some fun with the ridiculousness of it all. And when it gets dull, the film offers a nice view of Venice, two pretty stars and a stunning collection of dresses by Oscar winner Colleen Atwood.

The Tourist

Opens Friday

2 stars out of 4