Clive Owens and Places You'd Rather Not See Blown Up
Jan 3, 2010
THE INTERNATIONAL is another of those loud films that seeks to inform the public of just how corrupt every country is when it comes to banking and the sale of illegal arms. The story is slight as written by Eric Singer, the direction by Tom Tykwer is tense and takes great advantage of some gorgeous images of locations (cinematographer Frank Griebe) but then destroys them with endless rounds of gunplay: the Guggenheim Museum is destroyed before our eyes, elegant buildings and plazas in Luxembourg, Milan, Berlin etc are attacked. But the story rambles and mixes intrigue with silliness and deaths and car chases and endless pursuits through parking structures and Turkish rooftops, all as a platform for Clive Owens to show the type of role he does best. And he is excellent as the agent with a mixed past Louis Salinger. Naomi Watts is wasted in a routine role as an American law agent Eleano Whitman, and Armin Mueller-Stahl is of course added as the involved bad guy turned redeemer, Wilhelm Wexler. This is a fast moving, noisy film that should satisfy those who love the international intrigue and exposé of banking malpractice. Worth watching for Clive Owens' mastery of this genre. Grady Harp, January 10
Lots of crime movies come out of Hollywood every year. Many of them deal with secret agents gone awol, being betrayed, or doing something they shouldn't be. Many of these films are played out in the context of the Cold War, drug smuggling, the illegal arms trade, and other criminal activities. But the one thing they all share is that they do not even come close to alluding to real life events or people. Until now, with this 2009 release. The movie follows the ordeal of an Interpol agent and a US … more
The International stars Clive Owen as a Agent who realizes that the case he's working on has more twists and turns than Lombard Street. Even though it has a layered plot and Naomi Watts the movie is a real snoozer. The producers trick the public into thinking they're watching an action film instead of a drama/mystery. I guess that's why the producers decided to add a little violence into the film (The museum shoot out) to not only throw the audience a bone but to market it as a … more
-"The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn't to control the conflict, it's to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals, slaves to debt." There you have it, the only good part of the movie that was sad to … more
Clive Owen plays an intrepid Interpol agent who's obsessed with a big, bad bank; but every time he tries to bring it down legally someone dies. He might have to take the law into his own hands. Naomi Watts is earning a fat paycheck from some other bank by playing the obligatory pretty American woman and FBI agent in a story that does nothing at all to take advantage of her considerable acting chops. The writing is pure generic Hollywood style - with … more
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): 1. Clive Owen plays a grungy Interpol agent trying to bring down an unscrupulous bank, but keeps running into dead ends - literally. 2. Naomi Watts barely registers as an Assistant District Attorney who also wants to bring the offending bank to justice. 3. If you're looking for nookie, skip this one altogether 4. Stunning visual tour of the architecture of Berlin, Milan, the Guggenheim Museum in New … more
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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The International is an American-Germanactionthriller film directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. The film follows a pair that investigates corruption within a banking institution. Production began in Berlin in September 2007. The film opened the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival on February the 5th. The film was inspired by the Bank of Credit and Commerce International banking scandal.