You may be forgiven for thinking the idea of Brad Pitt starring in a World War II movie sounded familiar, given it’s his third film about the era in seven years.
Billed as a romantic-thriller, his latest film Allied, however, explores a side of war not touched upon by Fury (2014) and Inglorious Basterds (2009) – the role of family, love and loyalty. It centres around seeking the truth, the dynamics of relationship and learning that the true enemy is much closer than you think.
The film opens in 1942, with World War II now having raged for over two years. In the French-occupied Morocco, a handsome intelligence officer and assassin Max (Pitt) is about to meet his ‘wife’, resistance fighter and fellow assassin Marianne (French actress Marion Cotillard) for the first time.
Coupled together for a secret mission to assassinate a prominent Nazi figurehead, the two quickly fall in love and return to Max’s homeland of England, where they settle down and welcome a baby girl during a harrowing night of heavy bombings in London (you thought your labour was bad?)
One year later, and Max is given some difficult news about his wife, and is forced to set up a ‘test’ for Marianne to confirm her loyalties, but despite official orders, he decides to uncover the truth himself.
Allied is the type of film that leaves a strong impression – the harsh realities of war, the innuendo of loyalty and trust and the preciousness of love and family and will have you questioning the ‘what ifs’ of life.
Brad Pitt is brilliant as Max. As with the majority of his movies, he owns the role, undergoing a steady transition from settled family man into a picture of paranoia as he struggles with the trials and tribulations associated with his wife’s potential double life.
Marion Cotillard is simply divine as the utterly charming Marianne, and the chemistry between the two is clearly electric as they fall in love surrounded by a haze of air-raid sirens and enemy attacks. Supported by American actress Lizzie Caplan as Max’s sister, and English actor Jared Harris as Max’s superior, Allied is perfectly cast by a truly talented pack of performers.
Directed by Robert Zebecks, the mastermind behind Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Flight, Allied will have you on the edge of your seat as Max fights to learn the truth. With some stunning cinematography, beautiful scenery and brilliant action shots, Allied is a sweeping period drama that should be on any movie-lovers ‘to-do’ list this summer. It's the perfect child-free movie date night for mums and dads everywhere.
Allied opens in cinemas around Australia on Sunday, 26th December 2016.