Max and Marianne get married, live in leafy Highgate and have a child. Photograph: Allstar/Paramount Pictures
Weirdly, Max is intending to pass himself off as a native French speaker, and Marianne seems more or less relaxed about this imposture, even though his French accent is clearly appalling. She keeps derisively calling him Qubcois, even though Max keeps telling her he is not from Francophone Canada. Maxs French is not fooling anyone. If his characters Canadian identity is just a way of getting an American-sounding Hollywood star to play a character working for the British, then this is another layer of baffling and cumbersome plot exposition.
Their plan is carried out, but it is the most suspense-free and unthrilling action setpiece I can remember seeing. It could almost have been a dream sequence. Well, an earlier scene does at least deliver a punch, in which Max suspects that a top-ranking Nazi sitting at the next cafe table has made him, and therefore follows this German into a dark corridor with murder in mind.
Back in blitz-hit London, Max and Marianne get married, live in leafy Highgate and have a child. But then Maxs commanding officer, Frank Heslop (Jared Harris), sorrowingly informs him he must attend a special meeting with a hatchet-faced military intelligence chief, played by Simon McBurney. This officer curtly informs Max that Marianne is suspected of being a Nazi spy in deep cover. If their suspicions are correct, Max will have to take action with his own hand. Is the own-hand part really necessary and historically accurate? It seems sadistic and inefficient to me.
At this stage, Allied could have and almost does summon up a bit of intimate suspense, some Hitchcockian suspicion, and Knight does in fact unveil an interesting further twist: another level of potential bad faith. But this isnt resolved very satisfyingly and the final big reveal feels anti-climactic, with unanswered questions concerning Marianne.
It seems like tourist cinema: a tourist visit to the heritage-wartime past, with Max and Marianne looking like uncomfortable tourists in each others languages and in each others lives. Despite being married, they always look like strangers; the stars look as if they are intent on squashing rumours by behaving as if they have just emerged from their trailers and have yet to be introduced.