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The Tourist Blu-ray Review

“The Tourist” is a waste of talent.

“The Tourist” starts out by introducing viewers to Elise (Angelina Jolie). From what we can gather at first, she is being followed by the police, Scotland Yard and gangsters because of her connection to the thief Alexander Pearce. Via a letter Elise receives, Alexander asks Elise to find someone that looks like him in order to fool the police and gangsters. Carrying out his orders, Elise befriends a man named Frank (Johnny Depp) whom she essentially seduces. From there on out, Frank’s world becomes turned upside down as he becomes involved in the complicated life of Elise. Of course, not everything is as it seems as there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

When I first heard about “The Tourist,” I was mildly intrigued because the film paired arguably the 2 biggest movie stars in the world with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Alas, this pairing turned out to be rather forgettable as “The Tourist” winds up being a disposable Hollywood thriller that desperately wishes it was an Alfred Hitchock movie. Sure, some of the MacGuffins and plot twists are enough to keep your interest throughout the running time, but a few gimmicky plot devices aren’t enough for this film. For one thing, Depp and Jolie have zero chemistry here as they both walk through the film. The forced banter/dialogue doesn’t help much either. How these two managed to land Golden Globe nominations for their work here is beyond me.

Another issue I had was with James Newton Howard’s wretched score. Normally, I don’t tend to comment on scores as they rarely make an impression, but with “The Tourist,” it was so distracting and out of place that I couldn’t NOT mention it.

On the positive side, the film does boast some incredible location shooting in Venice. Of course, that could be a negative aspect as it feels like the entire film was built around shooting in Venice. Regardless, the film looks visually appealing.

Also, while he only has a minor role, I was happy to see Timothy Dalton appear in this as he is one of the most underrated actors in the biz.  

Summary: “The Tourist” is a bomb. Skip it.


The 2.40:1 1080p picture quality is worthy of praise. This is a great transfer that boasts sharp colors (especially with the Venice locals).

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is a bit of a letdown. The dialogue is a little too quiet for my taste (especially when Depp mumbles).

* Sony ads and trailers.
* MovieIQ trivia track.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* Alternate animated title sequence.
* A not so funny outtake reel.
* “Tourist Destination- Travel The Canals Of Venice”- A featurette with the cast and crew chatting about Venice.
* “Bringing Glamour Back”- A featurette about director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck’s vision esentially.
* “Action In Venice”- A featurette on the canal chase sequence.

* “A Gala Affair”- A featurette on the ball sequence.
* “Canal Chats”- Another featurette with the cast and crew chatting about Venice (namely the canals).

* Commentary by director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck. Florian is clearly passionate about his film, but I’d rather not hear anymore about “The Tourist”. Seeing the film was enough.

March 20, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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