The Tourist *

Johnny Depp as "Frank" and Angelina Jolie as "Elise" in Columbia Pictures' THE TOURIST.

When “The Tourist” debuted last Christmas to terrible reviews and lukewarm box office, I found myself having a tough time accepting the fact that a spy thriller, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie could be that bad.  Well now I fully understand why this film did so poorly.  Simply put, this is one of the worst movies of the year.

The plot is an incomprehensible mess.  The screenplay is all over the map. The performances are stunningly bad.  Each actor seems to be channelling a different tone and the result is just awkward. 

The director, Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck, is a recent Oscar winner for “The Lives Of Others”.  Perhaps his talents do not translate to studio thrillers.  Take for example the scene that depicts a chase scene where one boat is tugging another.  How it plays out is almost comical. 

I’m not really sure how this movie went so wrong.  Perhaps the behind the scenes features on the dvd will give us some insight. 

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