Five Reasons You’ll Love It - March 30, 2017

Allied - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Allied - Five Reasons You'll Love It

We don't really see big sweeping romantic action films like Allied anymore - which is one reason to go see it, although we will provide a few more here.

Set during WWII, the latest from visionary director Robert Zemeckis stars Brad Pitt as Max Vatan, a Canadian spy who, against all advice, falls in love with Marianne (Marion Cotillard), his French counterpart, during an operation to assassinate a German ambassador in Casablanca. Marriage and children follow, but Max's happiness is threatened when he is told that Marianne may actually be a German spy and that he must execute her himself if it proves to be true.

Working from a smart and affecting script from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Zemeckis has crafted a big-budget romance starring two of the most talented and beautiful actors working today. It is also an adult film that asks tough questions about the nature of love and trust.

Allied comes to DVD on Monday (April 3rd, you can pre-order it now on the right-hand side of the page), here are five reasons why you and yours will love it.


Pitt and Cotillard have real chemistry…

It has been widely speculated by the tabloid press that Pitt and Cotillard had an affair during the filming of Allied, leading to the breakdown of Pitt's marriage to Angelina Jolie. Whatever the truth, there is an undeniable chemistry between the two A-listers whose characters pretend to be man and wife before actually falling in love.


It will keep you in suspense…

Is Marianne really a spy? We are kept guessing right up to near the film's end. Credit that sustained tension to screenwriter Knight's clever writing and the performance of Cotillard who can imbue her words and gestures with just enough sinister intent to make us wonder about her real motives.

Zemeckis knows how to use visual effects…

More than mere spectacle, they drive the story forward. Much of Allied is set during the German "blitz" of London, so we get to see the Blitz, including a stunning scene where a downed German plane almost destroys Max and Marianne's home.

Allied is for adults only…

Allied is a refreshingly adult film. "C'est la guerre" is the reason given for the libidinous nature of life during the Blitz which means that Max's sister Bridget can live openly with her lesbian lover and no one cares because, hey, they could be dead tomorrow. And while never gratuitous, Allied also gives Max and Marianne a joyful love life...

It respects Casablanca

Allied opens with Max parachuting into French Morocco and making his way to Casablanca where he meets his "wife" Marianne for the first time. Of course, any film set in Casablanca is going to recall the Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman classic, and screenwriter Knight pays homage to that film with an integral plot twist that is both clever and tragic.


Allied is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (April 3rd) and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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