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The International (I) (2009)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  13 February 2009 (USA)
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An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring.

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In 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 illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war. Written by production

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They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays. See more »


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Rated R for some sequences of violence and language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£760,382 (UK) (27 February 2009)

Gross:

$25,450,527 (USA) (20 March 2009)
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The radio frequency scanner which Salinger uses to overhear the conversation in the end of the film is an Alinco DJ-X3. See more »

Goofs

When Salinger and Karssen meet on the Grand Bazaar rooftop in Istanbul, both characters are backlit, even though they are facing each other. (According to the DVD commentary, the director wanted both to be lit by a dramatic back light. The scene was filmed twice, once in the morning and once in the evening. After cutting between the two shoots, the sun is behind both actors in the scene.) See more »

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Louis Salinger: Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn... I'm the one you burn.
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"The fictional exhibition depicted in the main galleries of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was not curated by nor an actual exhibition of the museum." See more »

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References Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) See more »

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Strange Brew
Written by Eric Clapton, Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi
Performed by Cream
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Surprisingly Effective Blockbuster Thriller
27 June 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and his partner are investigating the International Bank of Business and Credit (IBBC) in a joint operation with the District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) from Manhattan in a two hundred million dollars illegal business of weapons trading. They schedule a meeting with an insider informer from IBBC at the Central Station in Berlin; however his partner is mysteriously killed after the encounter. Salinger finds the identity of the informer when he sees that the Vice President of Acquisitions André Clement (Georges Bigot) had died in a car accident. Salinger and Whitman head to Milan where they meet the politician Umberto Calvini (Luca Giorgio Barbareschi), who is great manufacturer of arms, and he explains that IBBC is interested in buying the missile guiding system that he produces in his factory. When Calvini is murdered by a sniper in a political rally, Salinger and Whitman head to New York following the killer and later to Istanbul, and disclose a scheme of arms supply and destabilization of governments to make their nations slaves of debt. Further, the bank is protected by legal systems and only if Salinger crosses the line he might bring some justice to the corrupt system.

"The International" is a surprisingly effective blockbuster thriller. I had lower expectations with this movie, but I really liked it. The complex story of corruption and greedy has flaws, but holds the attention of the viewer until the last scene. The way Louis Salinger easily travels to many countries is strange, since we simple mortals need documentation, money, reservations, connections in the airports, but his character has no problem even when he is chased by the police. In Guggenheim, the always effective police force of the movies takes a long time to come to the place and arrives only after the shooting. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Trama International" ("International Plot")


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