Written February 13, 2009
Feb. 12 - I just attended the advance press preview of this suspenseful high-quality sleek movie starring Clive Own and Naomi Watts - good chemistry.
I was thoroughly entertained for the entire 1hr 58minutes duration.
Director Tom Tykwer has a firm grip on the suspense/thriller genre and he skillfully shot this movie in multiple locations around the globe - Berlin, Istanbul, NYC, France, and Milan. And competent editing by Mathilde Bonnefoy helped solidify the thrilling plot clarity and continuity based on the original screenplay by Eric Singer.
The International moved along briskly and there were chair-gripping scenes as well as dramatic scenes that showcased both Clive Owen's and Naomi Watts' considerable talents. The supporting cast gave above-average performances.
Great ending that provides a satisfying closure for the story - thematically heavy with thought-provoking moral dilemmas.
A DEFINITE MUST-SEE for action/thriller fans.
Written February 12, 2009
I am a big Clive Owen fan and my wife and I had a chance to watch a early showing of The International last night. To be frank, it sucked! At first it looked like it was going in the right direction and it had you thinking what is going on. There was one good solid action scene in New York, but I do not want to spoil it for people who want to waste there money on the movie. The ending really left you hanging. Save your money and pass on this one. I would not even recommend this movie for rent when it comes out in a few months.
Written February 20, 2009
The International delves into the world of banking and brings to life a darker side of the finance business . The movie keeps audiences on the edge of their seats as the characters Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent, and Eleanor Whitman, an Assistant DA, played by Clive Owen and Naomi Watts; try to bring a corrupt bank to justice. There are several twists and turns in the movie that the outcome proves to be very surprising. Granted there are a few slow moments that drag the movie along, it is still one of the best thrillers to see.
Clive Owen gives a remakeable performance filled with sarcastic wit and touch of tough guy persona. Naomi Watts also gives an enjoyable performance though sometimes it seems like she is extremely tired in a few scenes.
The scenic shots from Berlin to Italy to Turkey and great scene in the famous Guggenheim Museum will definately keep everyone attention as they take a journey on this International thrill ride.
Written February 26, 2009
I enjoyed "The International" very much. It kept me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. They also showed the neat cities, countries and towns around the world, such as Berlin, France, and Turkey. They have great landscapes. There wasnt a lot of action but the suspense made up for it. It makes you think if something like this can actually happen. It is kind of true how they want everyone to be in debt, just so they can make more money. Good movie. Go see it. Clive Owen is a great actor as well.
Written February 13, 2009
This was well received from the half ful theatre (which is saying something for a friday matinee) and nobody walked out or sighed as too many do as of late with the mundane list of recent movies (save for those I have reviewed.
This is a good movie that is only surpassed by the availability of some great movies out now (the reader, slumdog millionaire, gran torino etc) but not one that you'll feel robbed by the time you leave.
Clive Owen is a good lead with the right background and reason to persue a bank with terrorist links which to my view is based loosly on the BCCI bank scandal in the 90's (perhaps pushed to extremes)
A worthy friday night movie with your buddies.