ALLIED

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© Baehr, 2016

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

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Executive Producer: Steven Knight, Patrick
McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan,
Jack Rapke

Producer: Graham King, Steve Starkey,
Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Steven Knight

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Thomas Dooley, CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO, Paramount Pictures
Marc Evans, President, Motion Picture Group
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000; Website: www.paramount.com

Content:

(RoRo, B, P, RHRH, HoHo, PC, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Strong Romantic worldview overwhelms the movie’s moral, patriotic elements (including woman says the success of their mission is “in God’s hands”), plus there’s some anachronistic behavior, including too many “f” words and a couple side characters are in an open, public lesbian relationship and no one bats an eye; at least 24 obscenities (including 15 or so “f” words), two strong profanities and two light profanities; strong violence includes an assassination with a machine gun, machine gun fire kills some German soldiers who return fire, pistol shots kill some people, spy strangles German soldier and gives him some poison, character commits suicide using a pistol, man kills female spy, air raids, gun battle outside French police station, explosions, man explodes army vehicle with grenades and then shoots wounded survivors dead, man has a disfigured face with right eye missing, superior officer orders man to assassinate his wife if she turns out to be an enemy spy, and large plane shot down during air raid just misses two-story house to crash off to the side; briefly depicted sex between man and wife, passionate kissing leads to implied fornication, slightly drunken soldier at a party asks apparent lesbian couple to kiss in front of him, and they do; partial upper female nudity in one scene, upper female nudity in another scene, as man discovers a romantic couple at a party, partial rear male nudity in one scene and upper male nudity in at least one scene; some alcohol use, some drunkenness at a wild party and man in jail cell still suffering effects of being drunk; smoking and man sniffs cocaine at a party set during World War II in London; and, lying, deceit, blackmail, man disobeys orders not to investigate his wife on his own, disfigured soldier is bitter about being forgotten by his comrades and superiors.

Summary:

ALLIED is a spy thriller about a Canadian and French spy during World War II who fall in love and get married in England, only to have their perfect life disrupted by accusations of treason and deceit. ALLIED is well produced and directed, with some exciting, emotionally powerful moments, but it’s marred by some possible plot holes, anachronistic behavior, strong foul language, lewd content, brief cocaine use, and a suicide that solves a plot problem.

Review:

ALLIED is a spy thriller about a Canadian and French spy during World War II who fall in love and get married in England, only to have their perfect life disrupted by accusations of treason and deceit. ALLIED is very well produced and directed, with some exciting, emotionally powerful moments, but it’s marred by some possible plot holes, anachronistic behavior, strong foul language, lewd content, brief nudity, brief cocaine use, and a suicide that solves a plot problem.

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.

In Brief:

ALLIED opens in 1942 French Morocco. A Canadian pilot and spy, Max, parachutes into the desert to link up with a French spy named Marianne in Casablanca. There, they 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 to be his wife. Several months later, her travel is approved, and they get married. A year after their daughter’s birth, Max’s superiors tell him they think Marianne is actually a Nazi spy. Max begins a frantic investigation to clear her name.

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.