How do you bring down a corrupt bank that has control of everything you need to bring it down, and eliminates everyone else? That’s the question faced by Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) as they span the globe trying to find the banks Achilles’ heel.
Despite the overwhelming odds, these two dedicated purveyors of the truth will stop at nothing in their mission to bring down a corrupt, arms dealing bank. But as the body count slowly builds, along with the tension and pace of the plot, Salinger and Whitman seem to be running out of witnesses and friends.
The International is a finely crafted thriller that sets its characters on a journey to do the impossible, whilst firmly anchoring them to reality. It’s a long and winding journey, that has only a few moments that move it from a thought provoking drama to an almost action film. The most memorable of these moments being the fast paced shoot out at Guggenheim Museum. A finely choreographed running battle with stacked odds that can lay claim to being the most invigorating cinematic shoot out in recent years.
The film has enough twits and turns to keep most viewers riveted to the screen for the two-hour runtime, and has an ending that you don’t see coming too far off. The story however carries on through the end credits as we see who actually won and lost through a series of newspaper headlines.
Whilst The International isn’t going to be on anyone’s best of list, it’s till worth a watch for some interesting views on banking and greed, and of course, the Guggenheim shoot out will be remembered for some time to come, much like the film Heat was remembered for it’s running battle of cops vs robbers.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [R16] Contains violence and offensive language.
Released on: September 2nd, 2009
Stars: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brian F. O’Byrne, Michel Voletti, Patrick Baladi, Jay Villiers, Fabrice Scott, Haluk Bilginer, Luca Giorgio Barbareschi, Alessandro Fabrizi
Length (Minutes): 113
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Tykwer, Tom
Studio: Sony Pictures