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Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

Director:
Doug Lyman
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy/Action/Spy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producer:
Lucas Foster
Akiva Goldsman
Erik McLeod
Arnon Milchan
Patrick Wachsberger
Screenwriter:
Simon Kinberg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
John Smith Brad Pitt
Jane Smith Angelina Jolie
Eddie Vince Vaughn
Benjamin Danz Adam Brody
Jasmine Kerry Washington

 

Review

So here's The War of the Roses meets Mission: Impossible meets Bonnie and Clyde. A combination not at all impossible to make into a good film, but Doug Lyman is never actually close to succeeding at that. The film has its moments and is often humorous, but this is mostly a predictable, overly plotted and stereotypical flick that tries too hard to be cool and becomes annoying instead. The score by John Powell isn't at all bad; trouble is that it isn't put well to use here. The film dwells at uninteresting places so long that we're always able to stay one step ahead of it. And to make up for that, we're presented with Mission: Impossible-levels of gadgets and hi-techs that aren't necessarily well-accounted for. Brad Pitt is charming throughout and Vince Vaughn is a relief in the scenes in which he appears, whereas Angelina Jolie plays her Jane Smith almost unhumorously, reprising the formulaic hard-nosed femme fatale that could use a couple humane sides to come off as believable.

Copyright 6.1.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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