Rent Allied (2016)

3.3 of 5 from 485 ratings
1h 59min
Rent Allied (aka Five Seconds of Silence) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
When Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) learns his wife (Marion Citillard) may be secretly working with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Graham King, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Writers:
Steven Knight
Others:
Joanna Johnston
Aka:
Five Seconds of Silence
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/04/2017
Run Time:
119 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Bonus:
  • From Stages to the Sahara: Production Design
  • Story of 'Allied'
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part: Max and Marianne
  • Guys and Gals: The Ensemble Cast
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/04/2017
Run Time:
125 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Bonus:
  • From Stages to the Sahara: Production Design
  • Through the Lens: Directing with Robert Zemeckis
  • A Stitch in Time: The Costumes of 'Allied'
  • Lights, Pixels, Action! The Visual Effects of 'Allied'
  • That Swingin' Sound: The Music of 'Allied'
  • And Much More!
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Release Date:
Not available for rental

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Reviews (5) of Allied

Well-crafted but under-powered suspenser - Allied review by Alphaville

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Although not a film of any great note, an intelligent Steven Knight script does enough to keep the audience guessing and Robert Zemeckis directs with his customary fluency. As the star-crossed lovers, Brad Pitt is his usual charismatic screen presence and Marion Cotillard is less so. The high point is a brief but beautifully shot sex scene in a car in a sandstorm.

There’s some brief action in the first half but the main thrust of the story is a second half of Hitchcockian suspense. Warning: the trailer is a spoiler that shows everything except the last few minutes. Avoid that and you’ll find here a finely-tuned drama that merits an indulgent wallow for a couple of hours.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Great love story and Great suspense story - Allied review by PT

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Pitt and Cotillard are superb in this film, their acting and on screen chemistry is remarkable.

They play Max and Marianne, two war time agents brought together to terminate a high ranking German. They are complete professionals, paying meticulous detail to every part of their subterfuge, which I found really interesting. Of course, the pair begin to fall in love and after their above mission become man and wife.

Then comes the bomb shell of H bomb proportions. Max is summoned to intelligence offices and told that his wife could be a German spy, if this doesn't rip his heart out enough, they want him to set her up and pull the plug if she is.

Convinced that the woman he loves with all his heart is not a German spy, Max begins his own extracurricular investigations. There follows real edge of your seat suspense and greatly acted paranoia by man and wife.

In addition to the acting and tense story, I thought the action scenes were excellent and realistic.

Yea, this film did it for me.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

It looks lovely - Allied review by PC

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It was nice to see a film that was happy to look lovely and not worry about being gritty from start to finish. The storyline was also quite interesting but unfortunately it had a slightly vacant feel about it, as if everyone involved knew it was just a bit of fluff. Marion Cottilard is the best thing in it, as usual in all her films, and it is really her performance that carried the movie. My problem was with Brad Pitt, he looked slightly like a wax-work dummy and acted as if his mind was on something else.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Allied (aka Five Seconds of Silence) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Allied is a well-choreographed thriller that happens to take place in a WWII setting (Brad’s favorite in recent years) and tells the story of a man and a woman playing a game of cat and mouse with more at stake than just their personal lives. Yet, Allied feels like a deeply personal film, filled with characters that do ordinary things and live ordinary lives amidst a world that’s just about to change as we know it. And thus it the tragedy of these people embroiled in a conflict of grandiose scale, a sort of powerlessness that makes the whole ordeal feel uneasy and tense until the credits roll. Yes, Allied is a good film.

Allied is directed by Robert Zemeckis, penned by Steven Knight, and stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in roles that many joke are the continuation of Mr. And Mss. Smith in the 1940s. Lame jokes aside though, Allied features quite a decent cast that works great for this particular installment, with a rare chemistry between the actors the film industry seemed to have forgotten nowadays. Not true for Allied though: Brad as Max Vatan and Marion playing Marianne Beauséjour are the perfect Hollywood fit which allows for an interesting story to be told while they eagerly linger and mingle on the big screen.

The film features top-notch special effects and CGI, but it’s the script that really shines. Allied puts forth some clearly defined literary (translated visually) themes such as putting ideals over oneself and your loved ones, or defying the truth in light of an emotional connection towards a person, or even putting your life on the line for the things that really MATTER to you at that time. But above all: trusting yourself to make the right decision and cause harm to several in order to save thousands, even millions. Tough shoes to fill indeed.

Additionally, Allied teeters on the verge of a modernized Greek tragedy, depicting how hard it is for two spies to fall in love with each other (and for that love to last). The grand irony here is the fact that the same things that drew these two together can possibly become their final undoing as well. Their (Brad and Marion’s character’s) ability to lie to each other is only amplified by their professional training to never believe words that are spoken by another human being period.

Bottom line, Allied is a sum of its parts, and its parts feature a tad bit of everything, including top-class espionage, war, assassinations, conspiracies, double-crossings, narrative twists, and some breadcrumbs of melodrama thrown in there for good measure too. Robert Zemeckis has managed to cram all of these things together without the film feeling too, well, cramped. Four out of five for this one.

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