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|Contributor||Tom Tykwer, Clive Owen, Naomi Watts|
|Runtime||1 hour and 58 minutes|
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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- Aspect Ratio : 16:9 - 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm; 85 Grams
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 1114EQBDADK
- Director : Tom Tykwer
- Media Format : Subtitled, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : 6 July 2009
- Actors : Clive Owen, Naomi Watts
- Subtitles: : Dutch, English, Hindi, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001U3ZIKS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 30,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The poster is a little deceiving as this isn’t an all action film. There is a great and intense fire fight (which is realistic in accuracy and ammunition use), and a tense rooftop chase.
But this film is about the story..... and it’s a great one.
Pity about the title.