Wednesday 26th January 2022

Mr & Mrs Smith (15)
Directed by: Doug Liman
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Angelina Jolie plays Mrs Smith
Angelina Jolie plays Mrs Smith

When I saw the trailer for this film, I thought it had definite potential to be one of those half-baked Hollywood ideas that could have been good, but would in fact fall completely flat. However, I couldn't ignore the sneaking suspicion that this half-baked idea might actually turn out to be quite good. And for once, the voices in my head were right.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star as a married couple who both lead double lives as assassins. The catch is neither of them is aware of the other's real job. It's improbable I know, but since when have summer blockbusters been grounded in reality?

After five or six years of marriage the really, really, ridiculously good-looking couple find that the excitement is gone from their relationship and seek professional help in the form of a counsellor. Coincidentally, they are also separately hired to assassinate the same target and both realise their identities might have been compromised when they catch a distant glimpse of each other while on the job. The only solution in this situation, it seems, is to kill the person who has identified you.

It sounds a bit farcical, but thanks to the incredibly deft handling of director Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, The O.C.) the finished result is a very entertaining action comedy. The highlights of the film are a series of set-pieces, some of which are funny, some are pure action and many are an exciting mixture of both. The action in particular is dealt with brilliantly, showing the same finesse as in The Bourne Supremacy, the Liman-produced smash from last year. The timing of the comedy also impressed me a great deal and is a wonderful example of how immaculate timing and smart direction can make a joke much funnier than it really is.

The ending of the film wasn't that convincing for me, but the truth is it's not an easy premise to give an ending to and I can't really think of a better way to finish the film off than the one we've got. Luckily, it's not bad enough to ruin the film by any means.

So if the prospect of watching Angelina, Brad and The O.C.'s Adam Brody (my favourite guy on television at the moment) isn't enough of a reason to see this one, then go and see it for the clever, Soderbergh-esque direction. Of course, some would argue that filming Angelina Jolie in her underwear is pretty clever direction anyway...

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Length: 120 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 10th June 2005

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