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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 capable Cary Grant persona has been inherited by Jolie, not Depp. Unfortunately this is one of those movies with a twist ending that turns a 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.
Trailer after the jump.