Shook: defined as “emotionally or physically disturbed, upset” by the Google dictionary. This accurately describes how I felt following my viewing of the newest romantic thriller, “Allied."
Set in 1940s Europe, the evolving relationship between Canadian intelligence officer Max Vatan and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour is beautifully portrayed through stellar directing from Robert Zemeckis (known for an assortment of films: “Back to the Future," “Cast Away," “Forrest Gump" and even “The Polar Express”) and magnificent acting from stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
Posing as a married couple in Casablanca, Max Vatan (Pitt) and Marianne Beauséjour (Cotillard) grow close as they successfully complete the covert operation of assassinating a German ambassador. Upon completion, Max asks for Marianne to join him in London and become his wife. It is there — while Max continues his duties during World War II — that they have a daughter, named Anna.
However, the honeymoon stage quickly ends as Max is informed by a high ranking official that Marianne could potentially be a German spy, thus requiring him to try a “blue dye” operation — Max is to write down information that is falsely pegged as confidential in order to see if Marianne is indeed working as a spy. If this false information is sent out (and thus intercepted by British officials), then it assuredly means that Marianne is a spy, leaving Max with no choice but to personally execute her. If not, then they’re in the clear.