An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) and a New York prosecutor (Naomi Watts) join forces to shut down a powerful bank's funding of terrorism.
" A sleek conspiracy thriller from German director Tom Tykwer. "
" Eventually, you just let the tangled double-crossing take care of itself and enjoy the way the film defiantly bucks the contemporary thriller trend for shaky-cam coverage and lightning cuts. "
" Having made a bank their villain %u2014 a bank, mind you, not a banker %u2014 director Tom Tykwer and his screenwriters have pretty firmly captured the zeitgeist. "
" Perhaps it's best not to think so much and simply be swept along -- by Clive Owen, Naomi Watts and Armin Mueller-Stahl. "
" Taut and amazingly timely, The International is a conspiracy thriller that harkens back to the perilously paranoid '70s. "
" The International is strewn with wild improbability, but that hardly deters from its appeal. "
" The International isn't top-form Tykwer, but it's handsome and adamant, and now's as good a time as any for some out-of-control greedy-banker-bashing. "
" The International won't go down as an action thriller for the record books, but it's a pretty good one for right now. First of all, the villain is a bank. How's that for timing? "
" The sour taste of revenge is pretty sweet here. "
" A bad picture filled with cryptic someones going through the motions of a spy thriller. "
" A film that squanders a golden opportunity to make money on the current economic meltdown. "
" A slow road to nowhere, less clunky than The Interpreter but bogged down by its own cynicism. "
" I was really disappointed. "
" It's betwixt and between, neither smart and understated enough to be le Carre-like nor stylish and energetic enough to be Bond-Bournian. "
" Killer banks may be new to the movies, but there's nothing else original in this if-it's-Tuesday-this-must-be-Istanbul thriller, with its portentous globe-hopping and racing through colorful street bazaars. "
" One of those movies sponsored by an international conglomerate that lectures us about how all international conglomerates are corrupt. "
" The International possesses the look and feel of a thriller, but not the heart or soul of one. "
Clive Owen is an Interpol Agent and Naomi Watts is a Manhattan District Attorney taking on the illegal activities of one of the world's most powerful banks in this political thriller from director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume). The International is standard political-intrigue fare, featuring a constantly shifting plotline that requires constant attention to make heads or tails of the convoluted storyline. Many viewers will find themselves left in the dust. The movie does offer a breathtaking action sequence staged at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum that's reminiscent of Heat's fabled street-shootout sequence. International's Guggenheim bit is relentless and highly impressive. Sadly, it amounts to only about 15 minutes within a film that is otherwise slowgoing and easily forgotten.
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