ALLIED (2016) – My rating 9/10

alliedAllied is a romantic thriller that takes place in 1942 during World War II. It is brilliantly directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Steven Knight.  Allied is among the best movies I’ve seen this year.  Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) travels to Casablanca in French Morocco to assassinate the German ambassador.  He is partnered with a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), who escaped from France after her resistance group was compromised and killed.  They pose as husband and wife in order to complete their assignment.  While readying themselves, they begin to grow close despite knowing “feelings will get you killed”.  They end up successfully assassinating the ambassador along with many other Germans officers and guest.  Max proposes to Marianne, asking her to come to London with him as his wife.  She quickly agrees joining him a few weeks later.  A year later, Marianne gives birth to their daughter, Anna in the middle of an air raid.  The couple are very much in love but trouble is on the way.  Just when things are going so well, Max’s boss, Frank Heslopcalls (Jared Harris) calls him in to give him what Max thought was a promotion but was in fact baffling and unexpected news about his wife, which he chooses not to believe.  From this point on, the movie goes into “prove them wrong” mode.  The suspense will keep you guessing right up to the surprise ending.

I really enjoyed Allied so I highly recommend it to the masses.  Brad Pitt looked better than ever.  Marion and Brad made a beautiful couple and were quite believable as undercover opts, she more than he.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Allied gets an Oscar nod, despite the mixed reviews the film received.

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