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RedBox Rental Review: Allied (2016)

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Release Year: 2016

Genre: Drama

Production: GK Films

Run time: 2 hrs 4 mins

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Familiar Faces: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris

Summary (provided by IMDb):

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

 

Rating: 6.5 / 10

“I keep the emotions real. That’s why it works.” – Allied (2016)

 


By now, I would like to believe that everyone has seen the movie Fury, which also stars Brad Pitt. After associating him with the highly acclaimed Fury (2014), I was hoping to be able to appreciate another WWII-themed movie that again starred Mr. Brad Pitt.

This was not the case.

An extremely watered-down portrait of this film basically comes down to whether or not a relationship that originated from espionage partnership will last through the stresses of WWII. All the components are there to build a dramatic story – the suspense associated with anything spy-themed, the dangers that war brings, and a few sparks of romance. Unfortunately, the actual unraveling of the movie, especially the pacing of events, does not provide the necessary cohesion in holding everything together.

The beginning focuses on the foundation of a love built from the partnership between two agents: one being an intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) and the other being a French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard). I felt like the execution of this part seemed quite awkward. (Clarification: the execution of the story line, not the acting skills; the acting was fine.) For the amount of time spent on this aspect (1/3 of the movie), the story line flew through the relationship – starting with espionage cooperation, jumping straight to sex, and somehow landing right on marriage. Uhhh… what? Talk about passing GO and collecting $200 without even rolling the dice. Can you say unrealistic? I’ll admit that I do not have a PhD in Central Intelligence and I have yet to take a course in Spying-101, so maybe that actually works in the field, I don’t know. In regards to how it played out in the movie here, the pacing of this part was not convincing at all and seemed a tad full of holes.

The last two-thirds of the movie, in which suspense finally kicked in, compensated for the slow and shaky beginning. Guns, grenades, and a tank finally made an appearance towards the latter part of the film, too. Luckily, the end is what most people remember; being that the last few scenes are the most fresh in the mind.

 

Recommendation Diagnosis:

 

Meh…

If there is nothing else to watch then you’re safe having this roll on the screen. I wouldn’t go specifically out of my way or pay the full $20.00 to bring home the DVD. Like I said, the last two-thirds of the movie are pretty decent to watch once the promise of spy suspense and war weaponry are kept.

Now, if you were hoping for an intense WWII thriller, then I would say you might want to stick with Fury or Saving Private Ryan. This would not be for you.

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