MOVIE REVIEW: Allied (2016)

Allied is as old-fashioned as how it seems with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard bringing in their own distinctive atmospheres. Their chemistry does not sink in quickly but they go ahead and make the job done.

During World War II, Canadian intelligence officer Max (Pitt) is paired with a French resistance fighter, Marianne (Cotillard). After a threatening mission in Africa, they meet again in London and romance blossomed in their relationship. When Max is given info that Marianne might be a spy for the Germans, his military superiors order him to kill her once proven guilty.

Pitt and Cotillard’s characters in Allied pale in comparison with those of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film Casablanca. The on-screen magic of the latter is nowhere near but there is sufficient charm to pull through this new film. There is an obvious attempt to a have a fresh take on the setting under the helm of Robert Zemeckis, for which many are thankful for his long list of brilliant titles such as Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. As for Allied, the elaboration is too tedious and the endgame is as not as fresh as expected.

What comes to mind in the first section of Allied, though, is that satisfaction for the overall buildup. Beyond the sophistication of the set designs and costumes could be an enthralling path devoid of further comparisons to tales of the same theme. There is even this grueling longing for it to have the same feel as Mr. and Mrs. Smith where Brad Pitt was then paired to Angelina Jolieonly to realize eventually that only one of them would be ordered to kill the other.

It’s quite interesting to note how the launch of the film’s trailer coincided with the announcement of the split between Pitt and Jolie, breaking many hearts of Brangelina fans. This event made it possible for Marion Cotillard’s name to be dragged into a mud of rumors. It also gave a round of buzz for their new film despite its actual lack of solid moments to hold on to. Surely, the sex scenes are steamy. That one when they are trapped in a car during a sandstorm is delightful to a degree, but the rest are bland and repetitive in ensuring that there is indeed a romantic whirlwind. For a film set in wartime, Allied is too quiet and bloodless, too safe and on the brink of falling flat.

The film simply enables itself to deliver, however lacking it is in rendering a memorable piece of wartime love story. Some might say that Pitt is a miscast and Cotillard is unexciting with him, but the result displays that they are definitely two dependable actors who can make the awkward not awkward.

Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis takes the helm for ‘Allied’

From Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis, the innovative director behind Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Flight, comes Allied, at once a mesmerizing espionage thriller, sweeping war drama and passionate romance between two assassins who may be fated soulmates or deadly enemies – or both.

In a sumptuous, visually evocative production that roams from Casablanca to London’s Blitz days to German-occupied France, Zemeckis creates the kind of grand tale that flourished in Golden Hollywood – full of mystery, thrills and romantic heat – yet told with all the richly immersive power of 21st Century cinema.

For secret World War II operatives Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard), the key to survival is never being truly known by anyone. They are experts in deception, play-acting, second-guessing and assassination. When they accidentally fall for each other in the middle of an extraordinarily risky mission, their one hope is to leave all the double-dealing behind – but instead, suspicion and danger become the core of their wartime marriage as husband-and-wife are pitted against each other in an escalating, potentially lethal test of loyalty, identity and love…with global consequences.

Zemeckis’s long and varied career has been marked by both visual innovations and cultural influence, with films ranging from the seminal Back To The Future series to the comic special-effects fantasy Death Becomes Her to the historical adventures of Forrest Gump to the recent The Walk, which recreated the extraordinary tightrope journey between New York’s former World Trade Center towers. But Zemeckis has equally been associated with films that are about the raw power of storytelling as in Cast Away, the story of one shipwrecked man reckoning with his life, or Flight, which excavated a heroic pilot’s inner battle with alcoholism.

And yet, for all the wide span of stories Zemeckis has explored, he’d yet to tackle the genre of the period romance. Nor had he brought his visual style to the evocative landscapes of WWII — and both called to him as a filmmaker. He was drawn to Allied at once as an absorbing mystery, a web of deception, a fresh look at survival in WWII and a love story of unusual depth and power that becomes about lasting honor. Above all, he saw a film full of visual potential that could match the story’s themes.

Says Zemeckis: “The screenplay had a sweeping, epic, romantic feel. The thing I most love to do as a director is to move audiences — and when you have a story as powerful as this one, and with so many emotional twists and turns, you have immense opportunities to do that. This type of story is perfect for a filmmaker like myself because I like to make audiences really feel and use all the tools as my disposal to do that.”

Zemeckis saw the story as one that asks questions we all ask of loved ones – Do I really know you? Can I trust you completely? Will you betray me? How far would you go to save what we have? — but these same questions take on a deadly, mounting ferocity within the high-wire world of WWII spies.

“Allied is absolutely a story of betrayal and that’s the universal theme of this film: how we react when we start to think someone we love isn’t who they say they are,” Zemeckis comments. “It’s something that happens in life, but in the realm of Max and Marianne, you have two people already pretending to be someone else from the get-go and the truth is elusive to them. So how do you establish trust? And how can you even talk to your loved one if you believe the enemy is listening in on you?”

“I especially loved how the screenplay really evoked the feeling of war-torn London,” Zemeckis says. “London was being bombed nightly but despite that, the people carried on with the life of the city. That was even their slogan: carry on. So that was something I wanted to capture in this: a world where the machinery of war is always there in the background – and sometimes in the foreground – yet people are living with a kind of total abandon because they realize that life could end at any moment. There was a kind of fatalistic quality both to the way people behaved and the way that London looked in that time. That really interested me – and that’s what I wanted to created both in the atmosphere of the film and its design. It’s a world where people are trying to defy death at every turn, including Max and Marianne, whose love develops in danger and cannot escape it even when they marry.”

Opening across the Philippines on November 23, 2016, Allied is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘Allied’ poster has Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard up in arms

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are dressed to kill in the international poster of Paramount Pictures’ Allied, the World War II romantic thriller from Oscar-winning director, Robert Zemeckis.

Check out the poster below and watch the film when it opens nationwide on November 23.

Written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”), the film stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Kaplan and Matthew Goode.

“Allied” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

“Allied” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Sparks fly between Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard in ‘Allied’ main trailer

Paramount Pictures has unveiled a new, full-length trailer for Oscar-winning Forest Gump and Back to the Future filmmaker Robert Zemeckis’ World War II thriller, “Allied.”

Check out the trailer below and watch the film when it opens nationwide on November 23.

Written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”), the film stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Kaplan and Matthew Goode.

“Allied” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Opening across the Philippines on November 23, 2016, “Allied” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

WATCH: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard are spies in love in first trailer for ‘Allied’

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Robert Zemeckis‘ World War II spy, romantic thriller “Allied” starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Watch the trailer below and see the film when it opens nationwide on November 23.

“Allied” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”), the film also stars Lizzy Kaplan and Matthew Goode.

Opening across the Philippines on November 23, 2016, “Allied” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.