Brad Pitt has had quite the Hollywood journey. From stereotyped hot guy alongside in the early 90s in films like Thelma & Louise and Cool World to underappreciated actor in A River Runs Through It and Kalifornia to full blown movie star in the triple punch of Interview with the Vampire, Legends of the Fall and Se7en, he even went further to act in some of the most iconic movies of the late 90s/early 2000s like Fight Club, Snatch, Oceans Eleven, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Inglorious Basterds and become one of the most successful producers in Hollywood. His latest film, as actor only, is Robert Zemeckis’ Allied.
Max Vartan (Pitt), a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa in 1942, is assigned to join Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard), a member of the French Resistance, to pose as husband and wife and assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca. After the mission the two fall in love and start a family until Max is informed by his superiors that they suspect Marianne is actually a German spy and has orders to confirm the suspicion then eliminate her. Now it is a race against time to find out if the love of his life has actually been an imposter from the start.
Allied is a real throwback war thriller harkening back to the war espionage movies of the 40s and 50s. Director Zemeckis handles the material well and crafts an old-fashioned love story wrapped within a great wartime double agent story. Pitt and Cotillard have great chemistry and work well together and the story actually kept me guessing and changing my mind often as to whether Marianne was actually a spy or not. Add to that some spectacular production design and period costuming as well as some stunning effects work and you have an epic wartime thriller with a decent dose of nostalgia. Definitely recommended.