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The Interpreter (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

A movie directed by Sydney Pollack

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A dull, cliched, highly unoriginal thriller saved by Pollack and the cast

  • Feb 26, 2006
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"The Interpreter" has an interesting story: an interpreter for the United Nations, played by Nicole Kidman, overhears an assassination plot spoken in a language she and very few other people understand. Sean Penn plays the U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to investigate the interpreter and see if she did hear what she says she did.

"The Interpreter" is Sydney Pollack's first film since 1999's flop "Random Hearts". Pollack's directing is one of the two high points of the film. The other is the cast. Kidman and Penn are both very good and, paired with Pollack's directing, they keep the film going.

Other than those points mentioned above, the film has little going for it. About fifty minutes through the film I was sick of it. There's very little originality in the film; it's cliched and predictable. I felt like I was watching another dumb thriller.

I don't have much to say about this film. I thought it was a dull, cliched thriller, simple as that.

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Director Sydney Pollack delivers megawatt star power, high gloss, and political passion toThe Interpreter, his first thriller sinceThe Firm. With Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn delivering smooth, understated performances, the film more closely recalls Pollack's 1975 Robert Redford/Faye Dunaway paranoid thrillerThree Days of the Condor, trading conspiratorial politicians for potential assassination in the United Nations General Assembly (this being the first film ever granted permission to use actual U.N. locations). Kidman plays a U.N. interpreter who inadvertently overhears hints of a plot to kill the reviled, tyrannical leader of her (fictional) African homeland; Penn is the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her, or to determine her role (if any) in the assassination scenario. By distancing itself from real-life politics,The Interpretersoftens its potential impact as a thriller about contemporary globalization and threats to international peace, but the Penn/Kidman personal drama (between two people who gain a deep appreciation for shared anguish, without being artificially forced into romance) adds a richly human dimension to Pollack's expert handling of the thriller elements of a complex yet easily-followed plot. Indie-film stalwart Catherine Keener shines in her supporting role as Penn's sarcastic by sympathetic Secret Service partner.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Sydney Pollack
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
Runtime: 128 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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