“Allied” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

23 November, 2016

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter: Steven Knight
Director of Photography: Don Burgess
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard

Synopsis: Set during the height of the Second World War, Allied sees an intelligence officer and a seductive French Resistance fighter carrying out a risky assassination attempt while stationed in Casablanca. Unable to resist the tug of romance, the pair surrender to their passion, only to inadvertently welcome a chain of events that will stain their lives forever.

Allied Review:

“The English Patient” meets “Sleeping with the Enemy” in a high stakes drama about the sheer irrationality of war on an interpersonal level. “Allied” puts the nuclear family under the microscope as foreign policy comes to dictate the future of a marriage in the most cold-hearted manner. Circumstance outplays reason while a “Casablanca” love story gets its traumatic third act, all presented with an unruly WWII backdrop.

Babies born from ashes, limbs sacrificed to grenade fire, faces burned beyond recognition; war is a terrible experience and “Allied” refuses to let the ground-level impact of conflict go unseen. It’s the film’s observations that turn it into something special as Zemeckis captures glimpses of normality in times of death and destruction. He creates a palpable atmosphere out of tension and doubt in a world where plane crashes are mere seconds away and air raid sirens sing the tune of the night sky.

One of a diminutive number of Zemeckis films that will fail to win over the masses, “Allied” is an astoundingly cold and methodical war movie from the master of mainstream entertainment. It’s a film that takes a significant amount of restraint from writer Steven Knight who presents an emotional roller-coaster in such a composed manner that sadness and uncertainty prevail over warmth and fuzziness in a story that holds its cards close to its chest right up until the final moments.


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