On paper, it really couldn't look much better. A romantic thriller from The Lives Of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. A script inked by him, Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). And the first ever on-screen pairing of Hollywood megastars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Oscar nominees and winners, every one of them.
In an opening scene that rewires The Lives Of Others' surveillance suspense, von Donnersmarck proves his fascination with watching and listening is for real. A French police crew observes their target: Elise Clifton Ward (Jolie), a ridiculously elegant Englishwoman who's being trailed by Scotland Yard because her elusive lover Alexander Pearce has stolen billions from a gangster. Jolie receives a secret note. She's to take a train from Paris to Venice, pick an average tourist and fool her pursuers into thinking that this stranger is Pearce.
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