Writer: Syahida KamarudinWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: 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