Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
Age Restriction: 13 L S V
Runtime: 2hrs 5min
Release date: 20 January 2017
The fact that World War II drama, Allied stars Oscar-nominated superstars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard is major reason why the film is highly anticipated.
Add in Oscar-winning director, Robert Zemeckis behind the helm and you have a film with loads of talent involved.
Taking place during the World War II era, Allied follows intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt) and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard), who are tasked with pretending to be a married couple in a bid to carry out a top secret mission – which they successfully complete.
Max and Marianne soon fall in love, get married, have a baby and settle down in London. However, their happy ending is cut short when Max learns from his employers that Marianne may or may not be a German spy.
Max is instructed to keep things quiet, especially from his wife, while an ongoing investigation is set to determine where Marianne's true loyalties lie. If Marianne is indeed a spy, then Max would have to assassinate his own wife.
One can easily see why so much talent is abroad, as Allied features a compelling premise that's sure to keep viewers glued to the screen.
Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to expectations as its potential is squandered into something relatively basic. Instead of taking its promising premise to new groundbreaking heights, Allied delivers a safe, simplistic and average final product.
While Steven Knight's script features excellent dialogue and well-written characters; the emotion, suspense and character development all fall slightly short due to pacing issues. The film also fails to give its plot enough room to breathe.
In other words, Allied ultimately needed a much longer running time in order to balance its above mentioned elements properly.
Taking place in the 1940's, the film's set-design is utterly gorgeous to look at; along with scenic cinematography.
While Pitt does a good job in the acting department, it's Cotillard who ultimately steals the show. The actress plays the role with such vigour and perfection that it's actually quite hard to tell when Marianne is being pretentious in the film.
Cotillard also thrives in the film's emotional scenes, and is at her best when she has to be charming and charismatic. The actress also shares an undeniable chemistry with Pitt.
Verdict: Despite the reputable talent involved; Allied squanders its promising premise in favour of a safe, simplistic and ultimately average film. However, Marion Cotillard's meaty performance and the film's visually-stunning set design are just some of its biggest highlights.