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Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in this epic Hollywood action drama. This film has many qualities, with Jolie’s coveted British accent, glorious locations and captivating plot with fluidity that gives extraordinary flow. Though for me the most notable feature is in the swelling ‘old school’ score that made the feel of “The Tourist” something of a ‘Disney’ film. Modern cinema in this genre relies on contemporary scoring techniques and soundscapes based on percussion, rhythm and orchestral bites. The score for “The Tourist” is a full-on orgy of orchestration and emotion that I thought was constrained to the past Bond series or big budget romance dramas.
The plot is full and conclusive and gives the sense of fulfilment so that one can walk away after watching feeling entertained but able to move on. It is, despite it’s ‘epic’ qualities, not completely out of the realms of realism and this adds to the emotional content, although I don’t believe it to be in the director’s interest to make this such a film of romance. It is a very good film and a recommended watch for all. (Rated PG-13/ 12A)