Allied Blu-ray Review
“Allied” deserved more of an audience.
“Allied” is a part romance, part spy film, part WWII film, and part psychological thriller about an intelligence officer (Max) and a French resistance fighter (Marianne) who partner up to play a couple in order to assassinate a German ambassador. Through their mission, the two actually fall for one another and eventually marry and have a child together. The good times don’t last, however, when Max discovers that Marianne might be a German spy. Will Max find out the truth about this devastating revelation?
The combination of Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, and director Robert Zemeckis certainly sounds like a dream team and, for the most part, the trio of artists manage to create an entertaining throwback with “Allied.” While the film owes a lot to “Casablanca,” paranoia thrillers, and old school spy films, “Allied” manages to stand on its own primarily because of the talent of the 3 above listed artists. Without Pitt and Cotillard, I’m uncertain this film would have worked as well. Cotillard steals the show as the lively, sexy, and charming Marianne who may or may not harbor a dark secret. Pitt has the less glamorous but more complex role of a hardened intelligence officer whose suspicion of his wife is eating away at him. Together the two sizzle on screen and really carry the film through a few rough patches (most notably with the somewhat clumsy dialogue and familiar beats).
As for Zemeckis, the always visionary director continues to use technology in fascinating ways as a filmmaking tool. His use of CGI here is particularly noteworthy as he makes the WWII era surroundings look and feel real. Of course, the production team’s work aid him here as the costumes, vehicles, and sets are first rate.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? From the opening desert sequence on, this is a visually stunning film that looks breathtaking in hi-def.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Whether a sandstorm is raging or a quiet dialogue driven moment is on screen, this DTS track delivers the goods.
* Digital copy.
* “Story Of Allied”- A featurette about the script/story.
* “From Stages To Sahara: The Production Design Of Allied”- This extra focuses on the sets and production design.
* “Through The Lens: Directing With Robert Zemeckis”- A behind-the-scenes look at Zemeckis at work that also contains interviews with cast and crew members, set footage, and film clips.
* “A Stitch In Time: The Costumes Of Allied”- Pretty self-explanatory.
* “’Til Death Do Us Part: Max And Marianne”- An extra about the lead characters and Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
* “Guys And Gals: The Ensemble Cast”- The title says it all.
* “Lights, Pixels, ACTION! The Visual Effects Of Allied”- A look at the extensive F/X in this film.
* “Behind The Wheel: The Vehicles Of Allied”- The planes and cars are the focus of this particular bonus feature.
* “Locked And Loaded: The Weapons Of Allied”- The various guns featured in the film get the spotlight here.
* “The Swingin’ Sound: The Music Of Allied”- A featurette about Alan Silvestri’s score.
Overall Thoughts: It’s a shame “Allied” underperformed and vanished from theaters fairly quickly as it is an all around solid film. Give it a watch.
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