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Blu-ray Review: Allied

February 28, 2017

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

allied-blu-rayMax Vatan (Brad Pitt) is a Canadian paratrooper who is sent to Morocco during World War II, and teams up with French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour (Marion Cotillard) on a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador.

Posing as husband and wife, the two embark on a steamy love affair in real life.  But their love is further complicated when they flee to England as a couple to start a family, and Max is informed that Marianne is under suspicion of being a German spy, putting him in the middle of a moral dilemma.

Director Robert Zemeckis does capture the feel of an old fashioned romantic melodrama with Allied, modelling the film after many wartime classics with Casablanca being chief among its many inspirations, but the results are somewhat mixed.  The film itself is a bit staid and takes far too long to reveal its true hand, but Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are good and share enough sizzling chemistry together to keep us watching.  This is a decent film overall, just not a classic in its own right.

The Blu-ray also includes an extensive collection of ten featurettes that all focus on different aspects of the production, from Robert Zemeckis’s direction, to the story, performances and Oscar-nominated costumes.  It’s a solid set of “behind the scenes” material that is worth digging in to after the film.

Allied is a Paramount Home Media Distribution release.  It’s 124 minutes and rated 14A.

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