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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard political thriller fare, 1 Oct. 2006
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This review is from: The Interpreter [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Silvia Broome (Kidman) is white African, who is an interpreter from at the UN. After a security alert she goes back to collect some things and overhears a conversation. The next day she reports an assassination plot to the authorities.

Keller (Penn) is the Secret Service agent assigned to investigate her claim as the dignitary concerned will be visiting America soon. He is skeptical as he finds it hard to believe that one of the few people who could understand the language happens to overhear it.

The film follows the investigation through the various twists and turns. What is really happening? Who can the various characters trust? Who can we trust?

Whilst it is different from other political thrillers in the fact that the backdrop is the turmoil of revolutionary politics in Africa (with child soldiers and all that), it follows the standard conventions of the political thriller genre. Yes, there is some discussion of how we respond to dictatorships and terrorism but that's superficial and seems to be only there to further the plot.
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