Release Date: November 23, 2016
Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard,
Jared Harris, Camille Cottin,
Vincent Latorre, August
Diehle, Lizzy Caplan, Simon
McBurney, Matthew Goode
Genre: Spy Movie/Romance
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Executive Producer: Steven Knight, Patrick
McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan,
Producer: Graham King, Steve Starkey,
Writer: Steven Knight
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The movie opens in 1942 French Morocco. A Canadian pilot and spy, Max Vatan, parachutes into the desert to link up with a French spy named Marianne in Casablanca. There, they will pose as man and wife to infiltrate a high-level German party and assassinate the French ambassador.
Neither of them expect to survive the mission, but when they do, Max invites Marianne to come to London and be his wife. Several months later, her travel is approved, and they get married.
However, a year after the birth of their daughter, Max’s superiors tell him they think Marianne is actually a Nazi spy. They order him to help test Marianne’s loyalty. They also tell him that, if she fails the test, he must kill her himself. As the test plays itself out, Max begins a frantic investigation into his wife’s past to clear her name.
ALLIED is well directed by Robert Zemeckis, the director behind such acclaimed movies as ROMANCING THE STONE, BACK TO THE FUTURE, FORREST GUMP, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, THE POLAR EXPRESS, and FLIGHT. The story is fairly simple and direct enough. This helps to create a compelling movie. However, a couple plot holes detract from the movie’s credibility, as do some anachronistic “f” words and, even worse, some overt homosexual references that Max’s sister is a lesbian with a girlfriend, and nobody bats an eye!
Also, at one point a suicide solves a plot problem in ALLIED. Moreover, it’s said by Max’s bosses that the original mission that opens the movie was merely a ruse, that the ambassador’s assassination was really a plot by Nazi Germany to do away with a dissident. That bit of news actually undercuts the sympathy viewers have for Max’s efforts to clear his wife’s name, as well as any sympathy viewers have for Max’s wife at the end.
Ultimately, it’s hard to believe some of the revelations about Marianne in the movie’s second half. They don’t quite add up plot wise, thematically or morally. The anachronistic addition of the lesbian subplot involving Max’s sister is also morally annoying and perplexing. ALLIED also contains brief nudity, overt sexuality and brief cocaine use. The movie would play more like an old-fashioned spy thriller if the filmmakers had avoided their desire to add gratuitous modern-day anachronisms to their story. They duly deserve a restricted R rating for their negligence in creating more family-friendly entertainment. The opportunity was there, because it’s clear that Max and Marianne love one another and love their baby daughter.
ALLIED is well produced and directed, with some exciting, emotionally powerful moments. The story is direct enough to create a compelling movie. However, the movie contains some apparent plot holes, anachronistic “f” words, a suicide, and brief cocaine use at a party. Also, Max’s sister is a lesbian, with an open girlfriend, and no one bats an eye. In addition, ALLIED includes some lewd moments and brief nudity. The immoral content in ALLIED makes it unacceptable.