The International [DVD] 
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Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) is determined to expose an arms dealing ring responsible for facilitating acts of terrorism around the globe. But as his investigation leads Salinger and his partner, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), deeper into the secret world of greed, corruption and murder, they become targets of a deadly conspiracy so vast, they soon find the only people left to trust?are each other. This pulse-pounding thriller plays a high-stakes game of suspense, intrigue and explosive action.
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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Clive Owen is dependable as ever as suits the role well the scruffy look works wonders for Clive in this movie. Naomi Watts provides some eye candy and can also act (which helps) Overall happy with the cast and with Armin Mueller-Stahl being very suitable for a banking type figure too.
It has to be said that there are times the plot stretches things a little (financial institution conspiracy theme- though with recent events in banking you might feel it's not far off of reality!), could also be argued the ending isn't as good as many might like.
There is a very good and quite lengthy sequence inside the Guggenheim Museum, which is both well filmed and appealing from a cinematic angle an ideal location for a "shoot out" and it worked for me.
Overall I do recommend the film as I think it's one of the better thrillers in recent times, but enough action to keep non heavy plot folks entertained as well (the story is good and requires some thinking/attention, but it's not all long boring chats either). Decent acting, good story (even if stretched a tad), moves at a reasonable pace, good cinemaphotograpy as well I think it's worth checking it out. The bottom line for any movie for me is a: Did I enjoy it? (yes) and b: Have I watched it more than once (yes again) It's not a grade A masterpiece, but it's almost a B+ one.
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.Read more ›
The plot is not particularly complex but quite refreshing; it tackles finance with almost as much invention and sophistication as "Syriana" tackles the oil-business. In trying to be a cut above the average thriller, there are scenes where they self-consciously try to work-up the dialogue and hover around pseudo-philosophical areas. This works at some times better than others. Clive Owen occasionally stumbles on duff dialogue such as the "I'm the one you burn" metaphor about crossing and burning bridges. I didn't really find the plot twist concerning a certain character's change of heart that convincing either.
Nevertheless this is a fast-paced film that easily fills 2 hours with events rather than trundling along. It is a joy to look at and to listen to on Blu-Ray, and has enough imagination to keep you gripped throughout. Not the world's best ending ever, but better than an unrealistic one, I suppose. Solid four stars. I took one star off for the occasionally queasy dialogue when the film tries to wax philosophical and falls well short of the depth it seems to be aiming at.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a great premise, but the plot was disjointed and the ending was an anti-climax.
An exciting thriller that keeps you interested all the way! Clive Owen is good as the dishevelled obsessive cop. No doubt he could have been a good Bond if things had worked out!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. G. N. HOBLYN
Brilliant tense thriller with Clive Owen at his gritty best facing a labrynthine web of corruption and deceitPublished 6 months ago by Ian Dennehey
A bit of a boring move but some good plot threads. It feels like there is a much better movie in there somewhere, wanting to escape.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
With the cast and writer I have to say I was pretty disappointed with The International. Not a film I shall watch againPublished 9 months ago by C. Smallman