The Tourist Goes Nowhere

The latest from Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie looked promising! The Tourist not only brings these two famous stars together for the first time, but they are also joined by the likes of Timothy Dalton, Rufus Sewell, and more! (Check out Flixchatter’s post about 5 Reasons Why I’d See The Tourist Opening Night aside from Depp and Jolie). The Tourist contains plenty of action, scenery, mystery, and intrigue, but the irony of this film is that despite it’s title (The Tourist) the film goes NOWHERE. Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in their first, and hopefully…last, movie together just doesn’t quite make the cut.

The film drags the viewer along in terms of character development and/or the lack thereof. From Elise’s (Jolie) mystery-inducing way in which she carries herself and almost expected story that is revealed later on, to Frank’s involvement (Depp) that leaves much to be desired when it comes to who did what and how, this cat and mouse game of a movie misses the mark in telling the story as well as it should have. I can’t explain it, but……the trailers made it seem much more interesting than it was. (I actually saw it once, fell asleep at several different spots, and left mid-movie…..only to return the next day to watch it all the way through). It wasn’t any better the second time around..but I did finish the film. Unfortunately, I could have told you how it was going to end about half way through.

Remember watching Casino Royale? Well, this is NOT like Casino Royale! But, in that great James Bond flick there are many action scenes with lighter scenes of Bond interacting with Vesper or others sprinkled throughout. Well, The Tourist is best described perhaps as a flip version of this film (in style and impressiveness). Many scenes of the main characters talking, interacting, etc, reminded me of the slower parts of Casino Royale. Only to be interrupted by a few action scenes tossed in between. Not at all like the trailers promised. (But that’s to be expected.)

I must agree with my friend Ruth at flixchatter when it comes to the great things of the film. The city of Venice, the scenery, Rufus Sewell, Timothy Dalton. After watching the film I couldn’t help but think back to her post and agree. With the star power of the leading two actors, one would hope that they would carry the film. But, unfortunately their only purpose of being in the film is to help tell the story. I cared not for their performance at all. Not believable, not likely, and not that great overall. I wish there had been more of Dalton and Sewell in the film, but “Que Sera Sera.” The Tourist does not make the trip to the theater worth it. My recommendation: skip it.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

The Sp1der’s Score: Overall: 4.5 out of 10 stars “The Tourist”

up next: review for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and a special treat this Wednesday.


  1. Hello T, thanks for the shout out! Glad you agree with me about this movie… I could easily fall asleep halfway through if it weren’t for my anticipation for Dalton/Sewell. It’s a bit of a cat & mouse game of sort for me trying to guess when the two would pop up next, ahah. This is a case where the trailer shows soooooo much promise, I mean, the intrigue & dynamic action stuff just doesn’t appear in the film. I mean that boat scene is just embarrassing! I mean, the opening scene of Tomorrow Never Dies is ten times more exciting than this entire movie, and that’s not even a great Bond film. Can’t even compare to Casino Royale.

    But y’know the craziest thing of all? The film AND the two leads have been nominated for a Golden Globe! (I just posted the noms this afternoon) I mean come on! The only thing worth an award from that flick is the cinematography… and of course, Dalton being nominated for Best Supporting Actor 😉


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