Take two of Hollywood’s biggest names, give them a suspense-filled script, whisk them back in time to Casablanca circa 1942, and you have an unmissable wartime romance that echoes Bogart and Bergman. Here’s why Allied is not your average spy flick…
1. On-screen chemistry
Is Allied the best-looking spy thriller of all time? Quite possibly, with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard at the helm. The pair play a Canadian intelligence officer, Max Vatan, and a French Resistance agent, Marianne Beausejour, who meet on a mission and must pose as husband and wife. Pretty soon, the inevitable happens, and their relationship goes from a working one to something altogether more intimate. Cue steamy scenes sheltering from a sandstorm in a car and hiding out in hotel rooms, where they try their best to ignore the elephant in the room – the sizzling sexual chemistry. Hotter than the Moroccan desert.
2. Double agendas?
Of course, no thriller worth its salt would be without a juicy plot twist or two. Once Max and Marianne are happily married and ensconced in family life in London, Max’s superiors suggest his wife isn’t who he thinks she is. The more suspicious he gets, the closer to the edge of our seats we get – and that’s all we’re saying.
3. Iconic locations
It takes guts to set a wartime romance in the legendary silver screen location that is Casablanca, for obvious reasons. But Allied puts its own spin on the iconic setting and makes it look a million bucks in the process. Marvel at golden desert dunes, moonlit Moroccan rooftops and the atmospheric streets of London drenched in old school charm. It couldn’t be more beautiful – or romantic.
4. Pedigree direction
You’re in safe hands with award-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Cast Away). A master of suspense and of building in little details that become pivotal in the plot, he’ll keep you on your toes. The film’s polished aesthetic is also a trademark of his: Zemeckis likes to enhance real life with the help of CGI trickery, so pay attention.
5. Wardrobe wonders
If you’re the sort who swoons at the costumes more than the stars, you’ll be swept away by Allied. You’ll notice that everyone in the film, from the lead roles down to the extras, is impeccably turned out. Marianne in particular is the embodiment of glamour in her slinky silk gowns – even while toting a machine gun – thanks to the costume department’s finely tuned eye for period detail. Men and women alike are groomed to perfection in true 1940s style, all red lippy, waves and slicked-back locks. It’s enough to make you reach for the Brylcreem.
Allied is now available to buy from BT TV Store. Press the blue button on your remote to search.