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Zemeckis' "Allied" is a question mark

IMDB has this:

"While on a mission to kill a German official in 1942 Africa, two assassins (Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard) fall in love, get married and then discover that one is a double agent that the other must eliminate."

All of which basically doesn't really get explained i this teaser trailer. Zemeckis is a technical wizard, if he can find a sharp screenplay for his visual gifts he could truly make a good movie. The problem is this: "The Polar Express,", "Beowulf," "A Christmas Carol," ""The Walk" and "Flight." Those are his last 5 movies. I'll give you this, "Flight" is not bad, but not that memorable. "The Walk" was technically well made, especially in its second half. But really this is not the Zemeckis we knew back in the 80s and 90s with "Back to the Future," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Forrest Gump" and, yes, even "Cast Away" specifically when Hanks was stranded alone.  Just sheer exuberant storytelling that he concocted so brilliantly in the 80s with Spielberg and on his own in the 90s. 

Steven Knight wrote the screenplay. That's what I'm really excited about. Knight is responsible for some downbeat thrillers such "Eastern Promises," "Dirty Pretty Things," and "Locke." Knight is also responsible for "Peaky Blinders," which definitely has its effervescent following.  Zemeckis having a writer of this caliber will compliment his visual wonder, but will that be enough?

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