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    March 25, 2009

    THE INTERNATIONAL

    ENGLISH - (18SG) - 19 March 2009 - Action/Thriller
    Distributor:
    Sony Pictures
    Running time:
    about 119 mins.
    Director:
    Tom Twyker
    Producers:
    Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Lloyd Phillips
    Writers: Eric Singer

    Casts: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Haluk Bilginer
    Plot:
    Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering a myriad of reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war.

    THE VERDICT:


    Green Tea says:


    WARNING SPOILER!
    From Berlin to Milan, then to New York and finally at Istanbul, The International is simply an international features of high tense and moderately action thriller. The story of the octane drama is said to be based similarly on the now defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). Co-incidently the focus of the movie is IBBC (International Bank of Business and Credit)!!


    Interpol Louis Salinger (Owen) and Manhattan Assistant DA Eleanor Whitman (Watts) are on a mission in Berlin to uncover one of their long forged investigation into one of the most powerful bank in the world that deals money laundering, arm dealing and financing certain organization that affects national stability. Then, clues by clues get them closer and closer to the main suspect before interrogation of higher authority give them some roadblock.

    The appeal for the movie is so low that one may easily ignore it. However, you should not. The story is an absolute strong portrayal of the reality we have in our back. The movie highlights a deep international banking business that deals some of the highly-profile international crime and organization, ala carte from some Casino Royale pieces of anchoring story. It also deals on something we never seen before, how Interpol officers really doing their jobs across the boundary of nation and international laws. However, if you are impatient and does not like talking to explain the movie, I would reckon you not to really try this. The movie deals a lot of deep conversation and detailing the events for further explaination. There are elements of CSI on it too.


    Clive Owen and Naomi Watts' characters are some great duo that testify how this movie is successfully deals some deeper crime investigation. They show great strength for bringing their character and emotion while dealing the case. Somehow, you can largely ignore any possibility of romance sparkle in the movie. In The International, the romance relationship between them is totally zero. Yet, they anchor the movie well. The other illusive fact is that constant one-man-show by Louis Salinger in the investigation, it may sounds cocky but its actually good deal.


    You may expect moderate amount of thriller and actions. You do not need so many as one is enough, particularly in the scene where gun bullets flying exchanging sides while Louis is in pursuit of the hired assassin inside the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. This scene lasting of about 10 minutes detailing the capture and the escape plan with dodging bullets and firing bullets around - simply breathtaking.

    This is a brainpower combining firepower types of actioner. Enjoy as you can and I find this movie interesting enough to deal with many crises and suspenses at the same time.

    THE RATINGS.....
    CAST - 3.5 stars
    STORY - 3.5 stars
    CINEMATOGRAPHY - 4.0 stars
    EFFECTS - 3.5 stars
    an overall>> 3.5 stars
    GreenTea-O-Meter: 14.3
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