Allied is the next film from director Robert Zemeckis, who continues to be back in the world of live-action, following Flight and The Walk. The Oscar-winning director is responsible for such classics as Back to the Future and Forest Gump, and for pushing forward the motion-capture animation movement for the big screen during the 2000s. Right now, however, Zemeckis seems to be comfortable in the realm of prestige dramas.
Zemeckis’ upcoming film Allied features Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, playing a pair who go on an undercover mission during World War II. Set in Casablanca, Allied is a romance-thriller that is sure to excite. The film is from Paramount Pictures, and its first official teaser trailer has just been released.
The official synopsis for Allied is as follows:
ALLIED is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
In addition to Pitt and Cotillard, the film also stars Lizzy Caplan, Jared Harris and Matthew Goode. Zemeckis fans will also be happy to hear that Alan Silvestri will be composing the score for the film. Allied was written by Steven Knight, who has won plenty of his own acclaim for scripting films such as Locke (which he also directed) and Eastern Promises. Also of note is that unlike The Walk, Zemeckis has opted not to go all out with a 3D IMAX experience this time around.
While it is always interesting to see Zemeckis experiment with various film formats and ambitious special effects, there is something to be said for the director seemingly holding back this time around. Zemeckis is a good actor’s director and making a film that obviously evokes a classic such as Casablanca may prove to be a winning effort. The cast alone is certainly a reason to be excited for this film. Ideally it will also help Zemeckis get back in his groove after his well-reviewed The Walk bombed at the box office last fall.
One just has to hope the film is not too heavy-handed in what it tries to accomplish. That has been an issue with Zemeckis in the past (Flight), and while that is not necessarily an element that will make or break his film, one just has to hope Knight’s screenplay has some clever ideas to make this something truly worthwhile. Based on what is seen in the trailer, the film could be a blend of old fashioned sensibilities and some of the interesting directorial choices that Zemeckis is quite capable of.
Allied opens in U.S. theaters on November 23rd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures