This was such a disappointment — it started off great, and the first 30 or so minutes promise a plot and resolution on par with the recent highs of Match Point and Vicky, Christina, Barcelona. What followed I can only describe as lazy film-making — it’s as if Mr. Allen gave up half-way through and, I can only hope, moved on to the next project. To waste so much acting talent on such a letdown of a story is truly deplorable.
I was surprised that this movie wasn’t a bigger hit at the box office. It has everything: a good, spooky plot, wonderful scenery (Venice!), star caliber, and style galore. Yes, I admit, I’m a sucker for caper movies of any kind and this one can certainly be classified as a caper. It’s good fun, and gorgeous to watch. I’m curious how/if it compares to director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s earlier film ‘The Lives of Others’ (it’s in my queue).