The International (2009, Boring Conspiracy Thriller) – 3/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Eric Warren Singer
Producer: Charles Roven
Producer: Richard Suckle
Producer: Lloyd Phillips
Clive Owen: Louis Salinger
Naomi Watts: Eleanor Whitman
Armin Mueller-Stahl: Wilhelm Wexler
Ulrich Thomsen: Jonas Skarssen
Brían F. O’Byrne: The Consultant
Jack McGee: Detective Bernie Ward
Music: Tom Tykwer
Eric Warren Singer: Cashier

International, The (2009)

Interpol and the New York District Attorney’s office are investigating megabank I.B.B.C. but keep finding their progress impeded by people continually dropping dead.


Sadly, almost instantly boring and uninvolving. One gets the impression that the filmmakers were attempting to make a more intelligent than usual globe-trotting thriller that relied on detective work, intelligence and intriguing moral quandaries instead of just shooting people in visually striking locations. The International, rather predictably then, is notably dull at the intelligence and detective work and rather good at shooting dudes in visually striking locations, specifically in The Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the rooftops of Istanbul. There are a couple of interesting wrinkles to try and give clichés a minor tweak but all the mildly positive points are lost in an ocean of boring.

This movie contains sexual swear words, mild adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes, graphic gun violence, extremely gory scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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