If you want to know just how far audiences and films have devolved, just read all these five-star reviews. They're shocking, actually, because what's on view here is a truly awful movie from start to finish, from frame one to the end. Angelina Jolie is a joke and not a funny joke - I don't see what people find attractive, frankly, but that's fine, that's just personal taste. But the ACTING? Somnambulistic, horrid Brit accent, terrible. Depp is also bad but it's not his fault - well, the hair and beard are his fault, but the script isn't. No, reviewers, there are no "twists" in this movie - everything is telegraphed miles in advance and anyone who doesn't know how this will end has clearly not seen any movies in the last two decades. Sure, Venice is lovely, so what?
Terrible script, bad acting (Paul Bettany - has he EVER been in a movie and not played this role?), cookie-cutter "villains" right out of Screenwriting 101 playbook, a terrible score by the occasionally talented James Newton Howard. But the crime here, the real crime, is the power and money seducing of a man whose first film was a classic - The Lives of Others. But, that allure must have been strong, however it did him no good whatsoever. And let's talk about THAT for a minute. This film cost over 100 million bucks. It grossed around 60 million in the States. And they would have everyone believe that the overseas grosses were over 240 million bucks. Nope, not possible, total BS - international grosses were NEVER a thing like they are today - it began happening in the 90s, this lying about grosses no one could actually check. Because let me tell you something - if this film had grosses like that, the director would have been sought after for EVERY Hollywood film being made. He wasn't. Also, the SAY 100 million for the budget - add on another 50 or 60 for promotion, maybe even more. And then ask the profit participants how much they've made - the answer will be zero because it simply tanked and no one wants to admit it. Transfer is fine, movie is a mess. But on Amazon - they LOVE it!!!