“I’m very good at pretending, Max”: Allied (2016)

Just one weeks after having reviewed Assassin’s CreedMarion Cotillard is again a topic of a post, as she is the leading actress of Allied, the new movie of the director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump). Written by Steven Knight, author Locke, Peaky Blinders and Taboo, Allied tells the story of a married couple dealing with the spying world during the Second World War. Brad Pitt, in the role of Cotillard’s husband, Jared Harris (The Crown) and Matthew Goode join her.

During the Second World War, the Canadian spy Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and the French Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) meet in Casablanca to carry out a very dangerous mission; after falling in love, they get married and start a new life in London. Their balance, overall Max’s, is destroyed when his chiefs tell him that his wife could be a double agent and that, if it’s true, he’ll have to execute her. Max Vatan’s longest 72 hours begin.

Allied proves to be a Steven Knight’s product, well-written (even though some doubts arise after reflecting and reflecting and reflecting about it), able to catch audience’s attention until the very end, despite of any guesswork that could have been made. Tension and suspense aren’t missing. The editing is also remarkable, as it is the cinematography. Recommended (and Brad Pitt is unique).

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