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|Genre:||Drama, Thriller, Romance|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 125 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
1942: Canadian pilot Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) smuggles into occupied Casablanca to eliminate the German ambassador there on behalf of the British Special Operations Executive. The French resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) is supposed to help him. The two agents are masters of deception, which makes it easy for them to impersonate a couple in love. However, in the course of the dangerous operation, the feelings played become real passion and back in London Max and Marianne try to give their love a chance. And indeed they seem to succeed - until Max receives a shocking message…
With "Allied - Vertraute Fremde" director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump", "Back to the Future") presents a classic espionage thriller, which at its core is also a tragic love story. The scene of the first act in particular naturally gives rise to comparisons with the classic "Casablanca". But such a comparison is not really appropriate. Not because "Allied - Vertraute Fremde" does not have what it takes to become a true classic in film history. Rather, it's because the movie, despite some similarities, finally goes its own way and soon breaks away from any similarities to "Casablanca". But also seen as an independent work, the espionage thriller has to struggle with some difficulties.
However, first of all to the many positive aspects. There is the visual implementation, in which Zemeckis once again proves himself to be a master of his trade. The opening sequence is a good example of how the film can benefit from the strong visual language. This sequence is very leisurely, not to say somewhat toughly staged. But because of the great pictures the viewer is still carried away and immediately tied to the action. Also helpful are the good actors. Between Brad Pitt and the once again outstanding Marion Cotillard the chemistry is perfect, which helps that the story with all its twists remains believable until the end.
The big surprises didn't come, though, because the title already reveals the biggest turn of events. Nevertheless, the actors and directors succeed in entertaining the audience until the well-done finale and despite some lengths also offer them a good amount of suspense and a certain amount of emotionality. It is by far not the strongest film Zemeckis has made in recent years. And you can also accuse him of lacking a little human warmth that would have been necessary to make the finale a little more emotional. But at the end of the day "Allied" has become a really good and gripping movie, that especially on the big screen is very powerful. But there is also a deserved one for that - with small compromises: Absolutely worth seeing!
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