A senior MI5 operative (Tom Cruise) is thinking about a career change. He isn’t sure if his life has made any difference, so he is taking a three-month leave from the firm to pursue publishing luxury travel magazines in six locales in Southern Europe. In Lisbon, his first stop, he is given a journal by the matriarch of Portugal’s most prominent private banking dynasty. He is chased out of Lisbon by unknown assailants. He begins to read the journal to try and find out who is chasing him and discovers it is the story of modern-day Portugal and how four men saved Portugal from utter destruction during WWII; Prime Minister Salazar (Leonardo Di Caprio) and the three brothers who run the private banking dynasty (Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damen).
The story has a double narrative, and just as you think you are going to discover the key to a puzzle, it switches to the other narrative, leaving you hanging on a cliff. The two narratives are essential for another reason besides breaking up the action. The first narrative is a photo travelogue through Portugal and Spain. If the characters in the second narrative had not succeeded, Portugal and Spain would be much different today than what you see in the pictures.
It has an extensive cast of A-list actors, reminiscent of the sixties movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World, who all appear in cameos throughout.
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