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Jonathan Hinshaw - Sunday, November 27, 2016

Watched a great movie: Allied, starring Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds, Fight Club), Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), and lots of other actors playing Germans and Allied forces.  This is a love story, a war story, a mystery, lot going on here.  Pitt is an intelligence officer in North Africa, who meets up with Cottiard who is a spy just back from France.  They jointly work together to eliminate a high ranking German officer, then move to England, where Pitt falls hard for Marion.

The movie opens in Casablanca, with Brad pretending to be Marion’s husband visiting his wife.  She is successful in getting him into a German celebration, where they have a job to do.  Lots of romance here, flowing gowns, Brad is spiffy in his tailored tux, reminds us of Casablanca with Bogart and company. 

They are successful, but at the same time, they fall in love.  When they return to England, they decide to get married right away, start a family, life is good.  Then Brad is called back into service, and, if you have seen any of the trailers you may already know this, his bosses begin to suspect his wife is a German spy.  Not good, not good at all.

They tell him if she is she must be taken out, actually, he has to kill her himself.  He is not in agreement, tells his boss there is no way he could not know if she was a spy.  They point out a few reasons, and put together a trap over a three day period.  Brad is sure she will be found innocent, and  goes about the job of proving just that.  His search takes him to France, where she last worked.  Trying to find someone who knew her then takes him into a military prison in the heart of German territory.  Even with a select group of friends, he has a tough time getting in and out alive.  This is a war movie, and there are some tense scenes and bloodshed. 

Brad and Marion are in love, lots going on and we are swept along in this mystery.  It is a good love story as well as a war drama.  We’ll go with 3.5 intercepted messages.  

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