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The INTERNATIONAL

Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world`s most powerful banks. Uncovering a myriad of reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 23 Apr 2009
Genre: Action / Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Distributor: SONY PICTURES RELEASING INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts
Director: Tom Tykwer
Format: NA

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Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

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Watch this if you liked: “Blood Diamond”, “Heaven" & "Syriana"

The movie poster is uninviting, the trailer is boring and the title sounds like it's been cut short. But do not let them fool you into thinking that this is a bad action thriller. Unlike your conventional suave spy films, "The International" presents to you intricate details on how Interpol works. The movie takes you on a journey of an Interpol agent and one Manhattan District Attorney to several continents, and discusses the underlying global issues of international banking deals, arms proliferation and MNC scare - hence the title.

In the long line of espionage films, it is a breath of fresh air to watch something that is based on the work of the international police, following (and sometimes, disobeying) the rules of territorial jurisdiction and international law. This also means that this film is not for those who are weak in patience, or not a big fan of dialogue and detail. The only 'action' in this film involves destroying the insides of the Guggenheim Museum and that scene alone deserves applause for outdoing other full-on action thrillers.

Clive Owen and Naomi Watts prove to be an interesting duo, even without any need for some romance plot thrown in. The movie has a "CSI"-meets-"Spooks" feel to it and also has clever dialogue like when Wilhelm Wexler's character says "The difference between reality and fiction is that a fiction must make sense". The second half of the film turns the blacks and whites to greys.

Effects-wise, it is an excellent attempt with every gunshot and wound, especially the scene when a bullet passes Salinger's head and grazes his ear.

Overall, this film is strictly for those who want to go to the cinema and be thrown into thought-provoking world issues but at the same time fantasise about turning into a vigilante a la Batman. It is also, of course, for Naomi Watts and Clive Owen fans, for they would not care what the movie is all about anyway.

Cinema Online, 12 March 2009
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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