Director: Robert Zemeckis.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard. USA 2016. 125 mins.
It’s 1942, and covert intelligence agent Max Vatan (Pitt) is tasked with eliminating a high-ranking German officer. Vatan arrives in North Africa, where he meets and falls in love with hard-nosed French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard).
Given the pair’s separate and perhaps incompatible agendas, it’s a relationship that’s ultimately under strain, and lethally so – even when they meet up again in London. No stranger to gritty war films such as Fury and Inglourious Basterds, Pitt delivers a typically convincing turn as the conflicted officer – and with Cotillard (Rust And Bone) giving an equally characteristic nuanced performance, the chemistry is palpable.
In adding romantic war drama to his CV, Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Flight, Back To The Future) again proves his worth as one of Hollywood’s most bankable directors.