When it comes to Hollywood movie stars of today they just doesn't get any bigger than Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. They are two of the most recognisable actors in the world who can pick and choose their roles as they fancy and name their price while they're at it. In simple terms, they are a couple of the only bankable movie stars.
It might come as a surprise to most movie fans, then, that Jolie and Depp have never starred in a film together. Surely that can't be right, you say. It's true, quick, go and look it up on IMDB... Okay, now that you're back, it really is a feat in and of itself that two of Hollywood's biggest A-listers have yet to share screen time.
That is until The Tourist (a remake of the 2005 film Anthony Zimmer), Hollywood's latest attempt to bring the fun and sleek caper movies of the '40s and '50s to today's audiences. Surely it must be something to write home about considering Jolie and Depp have chosen it as their first film together. But sadly it isn't, feeling like just an excuse to shove these two huge name actors together... at last.
The plot is almost as ridiculous and over the top as this year's other big Jolie vehicle, the stupendously stupid but nevertheless fun Salt. Jolie plays a woman who is being spied on by Scotland Yard – led by the ever-dependable Paul Bettany—in the hopes that she will make contact with the mysterious and elusive Alexander Pierce who, for some reason, owes them exactly £740 million. The trouble is they inexplicably don't know what he looks like (he may have had plastic surgery to change how he looks)— enter Depp as the bewildered Frank, who gets thrown into the middle of Jolie's mess simply because she talked to him on the train.
What proceeds is all rather overly complicated but nevertheless generic stuff involving gangsters also wanting their money back from Pierce and hunting down Frank as if it's the last thing they're ever going to do. We've seen this sort of things a thousand times before and unfortunately The Tourist does little to makes itself stand out from the crowd.