RUN LOLA Churn out a be exhausted and Aroma director Tom Tykwer assembles a sharp intercontinental thrust for this thriller that spans continents. Clive Owen (CHILDREN OF MEN, SHOOT 'EM UP) and Naomi Watts (FUNNY GAMES, EASTERN PROMISES) stars as a besieged pair who encounter assorted obstacles as they examine to expose a bank's hooligan activities to the area.
By portraying bankers as the ultimate villains, the stylish espionage thriller The International gets high marks for timeliness.
It's a well-made and handsome drama centering on a powerful and corrupt European bank with ties to arms dealers. Clive Owen does a fine job as Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent bent on toppling the bank and exposing its nefarious operations.
Though not as action-packed as some thrillers, The International is noteworthy for its unusually scenic and architecturally dazzling locations. A key scene in Istanbul, around a mosque and across rooftops is a highlight. But the most captivating sequence is a lengthy shoot-out at a most unexpected New York cultural institution.
Director Tom Tykwer uses architecture and design...
The International, short for the fictional International Bank of Business and Credit, may be the first movie named after a financial institution since 1934's House of Rothschild. That such a film should come out now is simultaneously fortunate and unfortunate.
With banks and banking on everyone's mind, it could be a great thing to have a film in which just such an institution is portrayed as malevolence personified, an all-powerful, all-knowing organization that's got everything wired for evildoers all over the world.
On the other hand, banks have been revealed to be so inept, so incapable of managing their own finances, let alone the world's, that having them as villains at this point in time is rather like expecting Superman to be your...
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