The Tourist is a remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer and stars Jolie as mysterious European woman Elise Ward and Depp as American tourist Frank Tupelo (we giggled at the name Tupelo!). The two cross paths on a train and Tupelo becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue after falling for Ward. The plot is just a wreck afterwards and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck does little to develop the characters or the storyline.
To nicely sum up this movie review: about five minutes into The Tourist, Brett leaned over to Heather and whispered, "I think I've figured it out." And dang it, he was right.
With a background as beautiful and as interesting as Venice, you would think there would be a lot to work with. The "action" scenes were painfully slow moving (think South Park's Cartman and Kenny's race to Mexico in their Go Go Action Bronco) and we think had inconsistencies in editing. Look for the top of the boat to get shot in one scene and then be fine in the next.
The Tourist is rated PG-13 and had the A-Team style of violence where everybody shoots but no one gets hurt. Honestly, some sex and violence might have saved this terrible script to something worth our time. No doubt loyal Depp and Jolie fans will flock to see The Tourist, but don't expect much. Our advice...don't fall for this tourist trap!