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The International [Blu-ray] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen, Remy Auberjonois, Patrick Baladi
  • Directors: Tom Tykwer
  • Producers: Lloyd Phillips, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XUR1EO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star in this action thriller set in the world of high finance. When obsessive Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Owen) joins forces with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Watts) to target corruption and international arms dealing within one of the world's most powerful banking institutions, the pair soon find themselves caught in a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the globe.

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The International is actually two movies in one: A highbrow thriller about a sprawling bank that resorts to murder and arms sales to retain its power, and a sleek visual essay on how architecture and interior design shapes your perceptions. Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen, still not quite a star despite Inside Man and Children of Men) has been on the brink of conclusive evidence against the villainous international bank, but his sources always end up dead. With the aid of a Manhattan district attorney (Naomi Watts in a woefully underwritten part), he stumbles on the trail of the bank's favorite hit man, who might provide the (literally) smoking gun Louis needs. The International starts out smooth and silky, with visual style to burn and Owen's intense fervor. The plot gradually bogs down in incoherent moralising, but along the way there are some taut sequences, including a bloody shootout in the Guggenheim Museum where alliances shift unexpectedly. But what makes The International worth seeing is director Tom Tykwer's astute eye for public space: Chic postmodern buildings, broad Italian plazas, Turkish rooftops like mountain paths--Tykwer orchestrates actors through these architectural shapes, his hypnotic visual sense creating far more tension and excitement than the plot. Also featuring Armin Mueller-Stahl (Eastern Promises) and Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) as malevolent Europeans. --Bret Fetzer

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Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Tom Tykwer's The International is a schizophrenic affair, with occasional hints at a smarter thriller with something to say poking through the plot implausibilities and the odd spectacularly stupid moment - yes, Guggenheim Museum shootout, I do mean you - that look like the result of the rewrites and reshoots the film went through to turn it into a more easily marketable action film. After the economic meltdown, having a bank as the big villain should have been a sure-fire winner, but while at times the film does briefly look at the way banks maintain power by creating debt to ensure that whatever political system is in place will always protect them, it's more interested in clichéd conspiracy thriller tropes - the scruffy obsessive hero with a past who no-one takes seriously (Clive Owen, in a huff), the idealistic gal at the D.A.'s office who stands by him until things get messy (Naomi Watts, stuck with a nothing part), the self-loathing insider who might be persuaded to redeem himself if he doesn't kill them first (Armin Mueller-Stahl, almost phoning it in but still outclassing the rest of the cast put together), the big scheme that could either ruin the villains or make them untouchable, the killer who conveniently has a disability that makes him easy to track down and the usual run of assassinated witnesses.

None of it stands up to too much scrutiny, especially when the film throws away all pretence of credibility when the bank decides that their regular hit man is attracting too much attention so send a small army of unmasked machine-gun wielding killers to take him and our hero out in a prolonged assault on the Guggenheim that leaves the place Swiss cheese but doesn't attract any police at all until it's over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
"The International" opens with a close-up of Clive Owen's bedraggled and unshaven face staring intently on a dodgy transaction that's taking place in a car park in the pouring rain across the street from him. As it cuts to his British colleague in a German car (played by an excellent Ian Burfield) negotiating the release of dangerous information from a nervous businessman in the driver's seat, you are immediately aware of a number of things - the stunning picture quality, the clever story and the cool cast. "The International" is beautiful to look at on BLU RAY and it's what you'd expect from a film like this - a well-paced espionage Bourne-like thriller that's both entertaining and striving to say something (though not always achieving either).

Roughly based on true events that rocked the banking system in the 80s and 90s, "The International" has been given a contemporary upgrade by Director TOM TYKWER and Writer ERIC SINGER - and in light of the avalanche of less-than-honest activities surrounding the recent global meltdown, it doesn't look the least bit out of place. In fact "The International" looks like it's arrived just in time - and with a really good point to make. Is it really the terrorists we need to be scared of - or the shady filth in suits that finance them? And what are their ultimate motives?

Clive Owen and Naomi Watts play Louis Salinger and Eleanor Whitman, two investigators from either side of the pond with a similar burning goal - for years they've been trying to expose a European bank they believe to be the number one choice for 90% of the world's dirty money. Toppling governments, controlling populations - it's a cesspool of hurt for ordinary people everywhere - and has clients said to include 'everyone' from Hezbollah to the CIA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This isn't the fastest moving movie you'll ever watch , and it's not really the strongest story-line...but....once you get into it there is enough within to keep your interest alive.
The story ? It's the tale of what in the film that is a leading bank will anything d to protect it's involvement in selling 'arms' to the Arab -States to wage war on 'Israel' not telling the buyers of course that the Israelis have the weapons to counter what they sell.
'Louis Salinger' ( Clive Owen ) after the murder of a colleague makes it his business to expose the dealings.
There is a 'great' gunfight sequence 'two-thirds' the way through the film that not only works well on 'Blu-ray' but on it's own is what makes the film worth buying or at the very least watching.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James West on 7 Jun 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This review is for the Blu-ray.

This was a stylish film, with some remarkable cinematography. It toured some very prominent, spectacular buildings and certainly did them proud. At the same time it did bluray proud. HD lends itself perfectly to wide outdoor shots, big canvasses and dramatic vistas. So Picture Quality was very good, with very good colours, good lighting and a great deal of impressive street scenes- never mind the shoot-out at The Guggenheim.

Sound was also very good with a Dolby TrueHD track that gave some impressive effects and if anything it surpassed the excellent picture.

So why only 3 stars? Well the story and interpretation just don't make it. Clive Owen was good, but some of the lesser characters were very two-dimensional. The plot also left too many loose ends that were never resolved, and it didn't end so much as fizzle out. It filled a Saturday evening, and I have no regrets in buying it.

It's worth watching out for the other version though. At the time of writing the price is almost identical, and the other version is a triple play pack, with a DVD copy and a digital copy included in addition to the Blu-ray.
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