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Allied is a serviceable thriller, if nothing else. There’s no real surprises or shocks here, and the story is fairly generic, but the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard explodes in every scene, making even the corniest of situations work. Even with a weaker script, Robert Zemeckis knows how to deliver intense and thrilling sequences, and if nothing else Allied has some well staged tension.

In the midst of World War II, an American Commander Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and French spy Marianne Beauseejour (Marion Corillard) are assigned an undercover mission to assassinate a German ambassador. During their dangerous assignment, the two begin to fall in love against their best intentions. Upon returning to England in the twilight of the war, Max discovers that Marianne may be a spy, causing him to question everything he’s known.

Pitt and Cotillard have great charisma, and although the characters are thin, the drama works due to the direction. It’s fairly predictable, but despite some on the nose dialogue, it’s an emotional film. Allied is no classic and certainly not much compared to some of Zemeckis’s other films, but it’s an enjoyable well to spend two hours. Grade: B-

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