TOP CAST STUMBLE
A SOLID director and cast make a rare stumble in their careers, turning a potentially cracking spy/romance story into a dull, lifeless and flat-as-a-plank affair.
After Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) teams up with French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) and successfully assassinates the German ambassador, they fall in love and start a family.
Hiding in London, it comes to Max’s attention that despite being a stay-at-home mum and raising their daughter, Marianne may be a spy.
He goes to great lengths to prove her innocence, all the while afraid he may actually uncover a sea of lies.
An ordinarily terrific cast staggers under the direction of usually reliable Robert Zemeckis, who seems like he was asleep during filming and everyone else followed his example.
Instead of spiking tension, the film remains strangely passion-less with the romance between the leads almost as non-existent as the suspense.
Max risks his life to find out if Marianne is really who she says she is, flying solo into enemy territory, but it is treated with surprising nonchalance.
Key moments such as a love scene in a car in the middle of a desert storm and giving birth in the centre of a war zone are awkward and borderline comical.
Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in Allied.