11-23-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: ALLIED (2016)
Underappreciated and certainly one of the best filmmakers of our time; few directors out there can match the level of realism and creativity Robert Zemeckis brings to each and every one of his films. Last years’ The Walk, based on the French tight-rope-artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers, was certainly one of the year’s best films and boasted incredible 3D graphics (some of the most impressive I’ve seen to date) and a well-crafted script with near perfect attention to detail. The film drew heavily on the memoirs of Petit and the parts of his successful documentary that landed him an Academy Award in 2009. This year the hardworking Zemeckis has brought us yet another drama -Allied, set in Casablanca and in London during the height of World War II. The film follows a Canadian Intelligence Agent named Max (Brad Pitt) who after assassinating a German ambassador with the help of a supposed French operative Marianne (Marion Cotillard), learns she very well may be a German Spy. Now married together with a child, the latter half of the film is spent with Max and officials’ running what is termed a “Blue Dye Test” whereby they call into Max’s home with false reports to see if Marianne’s relaying messages to German intelligence. However here comes the real kicker, in the event she’s caught, Max is given strict orders to terminate her or else he will be hanged for treason.
Zemeckis does an admirable job of keeping events in order making an otherwise complex script easy to follow. However, despite the wonderful performances by the films’ two stars, what bothered me, without going into any spoilers were the number of inconsistencies in the storyline including one big one which is quite noticeable after watching the film in its entirety. Let’s just say hypothetically if in fact his wife were a German spy, wouldn’t she at some point had to of fooled more than one government? After all if the accusations against her were true, and considering she gained top level intelligence of the mission Max was on (guns were secretly snuck into Morocco on his behalf), wouldn’t at some point earlier on in her career Marianne of also infiltrated the French Intelligence Bureau just so that she could have rendezvous with Max to begin with? To me all of this just didn’t seem plausible of happening real life. Fool one government, fine, but two or more come on!
That said the film provides plenty of twists, turns and food for thought. I enjoyed “Allied” and give it 3 out of 4 Stars.