The Tourist

The Tourist

TV-MA

netflix

Set in the Australian outback, this multi-genre thriller is packed with equal parts action, mystery, and comedy

7.5

TV Show

Australia, Germany
English
Drama, Mystery
2022
Conor MacNeill, Danielle Macdonald, Diarmaid Murtagh
58 min

TLDR

It’s like Bourne Identity if took itself less seriously—what’s not to like!

What it's about

After surviving a car crash in Australia, an Irishman forgets everything about his past, including his name. Thankfully, a friendly constable and a mysterious woman help him recover his memories.

The take

The first few minutes of The Tourist make it seem like a straight action thriller. It’s cool and gritty, with Jamie Dornan ably playing the role of strong but likable leading man. Then ever so subtly, it shifts its tone into something more playful and wholesome, then shifts back to dangerous territory. The back-and-forth feels jarring at first, almost like we’re seeing the show discover what it should be in real time. But eventually, it settles into a comfortable and confident rhythm, one that’s difficult not to watch. The funny bits are care of silly townie humor and that dry Australian wit, while most of the high-intensity action is thanks to Dornan (though he delivers amusing zingers too, especially when paired with Shalom Brune-Franklin). The Tourist seems designed to reel in broad viewers with different tastes, and it does just that thanks to its strong performances and nicely balanced tone.

What stands out

Casting directors, please Danielle Macdonald in more things! She’s a delight here, the light amid the show’s many dark moments.

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