A Wisconsin math teacher vacationing in Europe (Johnny Depp) gets swept into an international intrigue by a slinky babe (Angelina Jolie) who wants the agents surveilling her to mistake him for her money-laundering lover. This swanky Euro-thriller kneels at the altar of Alfred Hitchcock, and its second-hand North by Northwest plot is particularly entertaining when you realize that the suave and quick-thinking Cary Grant persona has been inherited by Jolie, not Depp. Unfortunately, this is one of those movies with a twist ending that turns a key character inside out, revealing earlier scenes to be essentially fraudulent and more or less invalidating one’s emotional investment in the story. No one ever walked out of a Hitchcock movie feeling as cheated as this made me feel. The director is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, going Hollywood after his acclaimed German drama The Lives of Others; with Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, and Steven Berkoff.
PG-13 • 1 hour 43 min • 2010