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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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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agente internacional  »

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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Trivia

The film opened the 2009 Berlin International Film Fesitival on February 5, 2009. See more »

Goofs

When Eleanor meets Salinger in Italy to visit Calvino together, her driver is seen just off screen unloading her luggage from the back of the car. In the next shot he gets in the car, there is no luggage, while Eleanor, Salinger and the Italian inspector just walk away, no luggage in hand. See more »

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Umberto Calvini: [In explaining the "true" nature of banking in the world] The IBBC is a bank. Their objective isn't to control the conflict, it's to control the debt that the conflict produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we be nations or individuals, slaves to debt.
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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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The International End Title
Written by Matthew Bellamy, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
Produced by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
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Worth a theater ticket
16 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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I pretty much had zero expectations for this film. I'd seen an ad or two and it looked conventional at best, clumsy at worst. The previews certainly don't do it justice. It starts smart and mean and doesn't let up. Not everyone will enjoy the unrelenting mood, but I found the picture intense and the rest of the audience in the theater seemed to agree. It helps that Clive Owen is believable as the protagonist and is highly watchable. A lesser actor in the role would have made the film much less effective. Armin Mueller-Stahl also adds credibility and depth. Other supporting actors were, for the most part, strong and gritty. There was probably pressure for a female lead, so in Noami Watts's defense, this is probably part of the reason why the character feels so irrelevant.

I'm happy anytime that a slick international thriller has some brains and isn't completely predictable, so I found the picture highly entertaining, if imperfect. It it flawed? Most certainly. But if you walk into the theater without pretensions, you'll probably be as entertained as I was. And I do think a theater visit is warranted, for the photography mentioned by previous reviewers, if not for the Guggenheim scene alone. I think it's dangerous to trump up a scene too much, because it inevitably leads to disappointment. But having no idea about what was coming... suffice to say, I didn't find the directing anything other than thrilling.


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