Fred MacMurray and Mommie Dearest infiltrate the Third Reich while on their honeymoon like it ain’t no thing.
“Oh, Richard – we’re spies!” is a kickass line.
The Random Remake
Frances and Richard Myles (Tom Hiddleston and Diane Kruger) are on their honeymoon in Europe, milling about in various grand hotels in various cities. Richard is the son of a wealthy Wall Street tycoon, and he is world-wise. He met Frances in Berlin, where they married. It’s on a French beach resort where Richard starts to befriend the husband of an older couple, Stanford Aschen (Mark Strong). Richard even rearranges the rest of their honeymoon to spend more time at the resort.
Soon Richard concocts a story to have dinner with Aschen, forcing Frances into the ruse. When she confronts him about his weird ways, he confesses: his job is to investigate financial marks for his father. Richard makes his way around the world acting like a spoiled rich boy when he is in fact pumping CEOs around the world for info his father can use to buy or dump stocks via a secret shadow trading firm. “How do you think we met,” Richard asks Frances, prompting a flashback of her Richard suddenly asking her out at her college campus she taught at, when it turns out he really needed a date to infiltrate a glam ball a CEO was attending. “It’s easy for me to move anywhere these guys are,” he says. “I’m above suspicion.” Frances is upset at the subterfuge, but tells Richard that she saw more in him than the legacy child front he put on – just not that she suspected this is his true face.
Aschen is more than meets than eye, however, and Richard and Frances are confronted by Mossad agent Henry Seidel (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) when Seidel notices how close they are to Aschen. Seidel spins a story of how Aschen’s firm is financing arms deals with rouge Middle Eastern countries. “That’s all I need to know,” Richard says, acting as if he’s going to give up his work on Aschen because he’ll tell his father to dump the stock. But Frances interjects: “Oh Richard, we’re already spies!”
Frances and Richard keep up the ruse and eventually plant surveillance equipment on Aschen. Seidel is satisfied and releases the Myleses from their mission. “You’re too good at this,” Richard tells Frances. “I’m two for two with you.” “Well, where to next,” she asks, rubbing her hands.
Above Suspicion: A honeymoon behind enemy lines
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