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Allied Review: Spy Movies

Updated on March 2, 2017
Allied (alternate) movie poster
Allied (alternate) movie poster


What would you do if you fell in love with the enemy?

Allied is a romantic espionage thriller directed by Robert Zemeckis and features Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The premise of the film are some of the events during World War 2. Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) a Canadian intelligence officer and Marion Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) a French resistance fighter work together on a mission for freedom. Fatefully, the two fall in love. The film was released in November 2016 by Paramount Pictures and released on home video on February 28, 2017.


The allure of the film definitely stems from the its espionage elements. Vatan and Marianne are professionals. But, they still practice their accents and tactics together. From the beginning, the connection between the two is immediate which prevents the character from being cold or distant. The way Max and Marianne effortlessly switch between languages creates a great juxtaposition. As is of the spy genre, the overlying tone of the film is the brimming with danger. The is risk of exposure leads to natural suspense. And the war elements of the film bring suspicion and suspense together in great unison. The film's first act also contains split action fight or flight action sequences which lead to heart-pumping, adrenaline scenes.

The second and third acts of the film focus on the theme of love and family—which do nothing but enhance its theme of espionage. The latter acts are the most intense—since the stakes are at its highest. By now you've grown with the Max and Marianne and come to have been invested in their love story. The film is a unique love story because it is a testament to what love is. How can Max honestly kill his wife—even if she is a spy—those feelings just don't simply go away. The film never loses its passionate love story.

Costumes and Settings

Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in the desert. (Max Vaton and Marianne Beausejour)
Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in the desert. (Max Vaton and Marianne Beausejour)

The film's appeal draws from its canny nature of set and costume design.The different settings throughout the movie make for brilliant contrasts. The cinematography in the film include several scenes which are absolutely breathtaking. Marianne's child birth during an air raid. A house party with battles in the night sky as the backdrop. And a plane being inches away from crashing right into the house.

The completely different settings and wardrobe attires are very pleasing to the eye. One scene would be in a brilliant, blue hue. The next scene would feature the saturated, golden sands of the Moroccan desert. Nevertheless, the costumes in the film look extremely authentic and well stitched. It is of no surprise to me as to why the film has been nominated for Best Costume Design.

Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), and their daughter Anna.
Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard), and their daughter Anna.


Allied is a breath of fresh air from the usual campy genre of spy films that are mostly released. However, some green screen scenes look awkward. In addition, the film's third act is weak. However, Marion and Brad's performances as lovers and spies couldn't have been sold any better. Nevertheless, this a serious spy film. Down from the language—to the wardrobe—to the actions on the field. Everything is planned and carried out with decisive quickness. The film in its message is powerful, riveting and poetic. All is is fair in love and war.

Allied is available on Blu-ray, DVD, Amazon Video, and ITunes.

4 stars for Allied


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    • Joseph Lawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Joseph Lawrence 

      20 months ago from New York, New York

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the film.

    • Twilight Lawns profile image

      Twilight Lawns 

      20 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      A perfect critique without the slightest hint of a spoiler.

      If I had not seen this film already, your description of all of its qualities would have convinced me to do so.

      Thank you. I look forward in anticipation of really good writing whenever I open my PC to see that you have examined another.


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