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Allied: a preview with no spoilers...
Coming soon to cinemas
Allied is a new spy movie, set during World War two. (At least, I assume it is World War II. The fashions are slightly more on the nineteen-thirties side of things, but the German flags are swastikas.)
The script was written by Steven Knight and filming directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. It will be released in Australia on Boxing day, December 26 2016. I have been privileged to attend an early screening of this film and I can recommend you include it in your holiday viewing.
The plot arouses curiosity
If you have seen the shorts or read a synopsis, you will know that Max Vatan meets Marianne Beausejour on a covert mission in Casa Blanca, where they pose as husband and wife.
Well, one thing leads to another and they fall in love and get married in real life. All appears well, until one day Max’s superiors call him into the office and inform him his wife has been identified as a “German spy”. He is given the lose/lose choice of executing her himself or being hung along with her.
Can Max fix this impossible dilemma?
So you have to see the movie and find out whether Marianne really is a spy and whether Max kills her.
- If he does not kill her, is there any other way he can resolve the situation?
I’m going to be mean, and I’m not going to tell you, for the sake of those people who like to find out for themselves.
The possibilities are almost endless.
1) Marianne really is a spy and Max carries out his orders to execute her. He is left heart broken and bitter, barely able to function and care for their child.
2) Marianne is not a spy and Max proves she is innocent. They live happily ever after and have two more children.
3) Marianne is not a spy, but Max is unable to prove this. He exposes corruption higher up the intelligence line and the couple have to go into hiding.
4) Marianne really is a spy. She becomes suspicious of the change in Max’s behaviour, turns on him and shoots at him with admirable efficiency. The two battle it out and die side by side, declaring their undying love for each other and leaving their daughter to be brought up by her paternal grandmother.
5) Marianne really is a spy and Max helps her escape with their child. He turns himself in to save her and awaits his execution in a prison cell.
6) Marianne is not the spy; Max is the real spy! Intelligence is setting a trap for him to uncover this fact.
See the film yourself to find out
No, I’m not telling. You really have to go to see the film for yourself. All I will say, is there are a couple of moments to take note of, the moment when she gives birth and when she names their baby. Maybe a few more, it is up to you, how observant you are…