“Allied” has the plot of a WWII Hitchcock mystery, and plays on real world identity theft


Name: Allied
Director, writer:  Robert Zemeckis, Steven Knight
Released:  2016/11/23
Format:  2.35:1
When and how viewed:  2016/11/26, Regal Ballston Common, evening, large auditorium, nearly sold out
Length 124
Rating R
Companies: GK, Image Movers, Paramount
Link: official

Allied”, directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Steven Knight (the story seems original), has the plot devices of a 1940s Hitchcock thriller, dealing with spies, deception and stolen identities. The movie could also be called “Casablanca II”.

Brad Pitt plays Max Vatan, an intelligence officer working in occupied North Africa in 1942, and the opening scene of the film reminds one of “Babel”.  Soon he meets apparent French resistance leader Marianne (Marion Cotillard).  They fall in love.  Marion leads him to a party for the German ambassador, complete with swastika, and Max and Marriane stage a violent attack.

Sometime later they are man and wife in London and have a child.  But British intelligence calls him in one day and confronts him with the theory that his wife is a spy with a fake identity.  Max has married and given his body into sexual passion with what seems to be identity theft, pre-Internet. A complicated ruse follows to discover the truth, and it is not guaranteed to end well.

There is an interesting scene where Marianne is challenge to play a particular piece on a piano in a bar they have broken into.  It’s the piece from “Casalanca” and set to hymn by Hector Berlioz.

While the suspense is quite real and recalls the master director, the setting looks a little hokey.

The plot of this movie starts about the time I was conceived.

(Posted: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at 9:45 AM EST)