Veteran film maker Robert Zemeckis hasn’t quite hit the highs as he did at the start of his career. Creating visionary pieces of work like Back to the Future, Castaway, The Polar Express and most famously Forrest Gump. In recent times, he hasn’t delivered anything of great quality. In recent times, Flight and The Walk were personal favourites of mine of his work. Personally, when Zemeckis uses less CGI in his movies, they actually tend to be pretty good! The one thing about the American director is that in his long career, he’s shown that he is capable of creating a wide range of films including dramas, biopics, animations and now World War films. The Polar Express and Castaway are up there as my personal favourites of his, unfortunately, Allied isn’t quite up there.
Written by English screenwriter Steven Knight, Allied is about an intelligence officer named Max, who is asked by his superior to find out if his wife, formally working as a French resistance fighter in the war is a spy working for Nazi Germany. The story itself grabs you instantly, well in my case it did. The trailer was set up perfectly to get me interested in this drama and I went in with high expectations. As the drama ensued, I slowly figured out what was going to happen. Inevitably, I had to realise that I knew what was going to happen before it happened. For me, all sense of tension and drama was thrown out the window. The main reason for this is the average screenplay that the brilliant Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have to work with. It leaves bread trails towards what’s going to happen. Annoyingly, it doesn’t make you work hard to work out where the story is going. Dramas are supposed to build tension and get you to the point of pure desperation when you want to know what’s going to happen next. Unfortunately for this film, predictability was at an all-time high.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Allied, as mentioned above, Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt are the only saviours of the film. Their blend of experience and talent make sure that Allied doesn’t fall flat on its face and embarrass itself. Equally, they both give solid performances that really bring a bang average script a much needed boost. The chemistry between the couple is to be applauded also. Both their characters go through many struggles through the film, and they both do their best to keep you gripped until the end.
Even though the film became slowly predictable, I had to say that I did still enjoy the film. It’s not a film that I would rush to watch again. Or even recommend to someone else to watch at the cinema. It’s the perfect kind of film that you would watch on Netflix on a rainy night when you wanting to watch something of some quality. Pitt and Cotillard’s electrifying charisma turns Allied into a sexy WW2 thriller that does just about enough to make It a good film. 3 out of 5 stars.