By Jackie Raphael

This espionage film is essentially a dramatic version of Mr and Mrs Smith with a splash of Casablanca. Set during World War II, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is a Canadian intelligence officer who meets French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) in Casablanca. The pair pretend to be married for a shared mission but eventually a real romance blossoms. The plot is not particularly original and there are some unnecessary Hollywood moments, however Allied also has some suspenseful and action-packed scenes, and wonderful costumes. Pitt and Cotillard have great chemistry too. Overall, it was an enjoyable film, which thanks to the tight writing of Steven Knight and expert direction of Robert Zemeckis, never lags during its entire two hours.