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The International (2009)

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An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring.

Director:

Tom Tykwer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Louis Salinger
Naomi Watts ... Eleanor Whitman
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Wilhelm Wexler
Ulrich Thomsen ... Jonas Skarssen
Brían F. O'Byrne ... The Consultant
Michel Voletti Michel Voletti ... Viktor Haas
Patrick Baladi ... Martin White
Jay Villiers Jay Villiers ... Francis Ehames
Fabrice Scott Fabrice Scott ... Nicolai Yeshinski
Haluk Bilginer ... Ahmet Sunay
Luca Barbareschi ... Umberto Calvini (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
Alessandro Fabrizi ... Inspector Alberto Cerutti
Felix Solis ... Detective Iggy Ornelas
Jack McGee ... Detective Bernie Ward
Nilaja Sun ... Detective Gloria Hubbard
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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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Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to find it. See more »


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

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USA | Germany | UK | France

Language:

English | Italian | French | Danish

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente internacional See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,702,613, 15 February 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,450,527, 22 March 2009
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Salinger and Whitman are on the roof talking about how the second shooter made the shot, the camera "transforms" into the scope. During this "scene" you can see how the two shots are shot. The scenes before clearly show the two shots going through the pillar. In the "scope scene," the woman behind the pillar isn't hurt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Thomas Schumer: Listen, I'm from the Bronx, so you need to keep it simple. Why is the bank buying all this missile-guidance stuff from Calvini? - I don't get it.
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Crazy Credits

"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 »

Connections

References Cloverfield (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A bit of that Anti-Formula Formula
28 February 2009 | by BroadswordCallinDannyBoySee all my reviews

The International provides a breath of fresh air to fans of thrillers. It is a thriller film that rarely comes out of a big studio these days. It is a film more in style of Hitchcock with the mystery being the film's guiding force rather than frenetically stitched together action scenes. The Bourne Trilogy touched base on this type of thing, but still resorted to a largely conventional plot. While being an enjoyable and smarter-than-usual series of action movies they were nowhere near as intricate than their source material, which really dove into some seriously dark territory plot-wise with things that big budget thriller films almost never dare to touch.

This film does just that type of thing. It presents, as the villain, an institution that is pervasive in the world and most peoples lives. We deal with it almost everyday and we need to as it holds one of the things that we need everyday - money. From an observer viewpoint on this type of relationship it is easy to see which side has great power over the other and like all power, this one can also be abused. Perhaps this plot can turn people off since they refuse to believe that something that they trust with literally everything they've got, could be so untrustworthy. Or perhaps they've never seen or heard about such a thing before so therefore it can't be true. Either way, it is self-imposed mental limitation which will doom someone to eventually liking only one type of movie and/or story. Movies and stories, at their core, are presenting new ideas and patterns and The International doesn't do that with spectacular action scenes, but with it's fresh plot.

Crooks usually rob banks, but who gets robbed if the bank is the crook? That is the film's central question and the answer provided is also a bit more complex than could be expected. The path the answer doesn't always move at a breakneck pace nor are many of the answers provided fully satisfactory.

In addition to the winding plot the film features a spectacular shootout that results in a world class art museum getting trashed. It's a bit of the old action movie formula that almost never gets old, but overall the movie is an Anti-Formula to the every Hollywood Action Movie Formula. --- 9/10

BsCDb Classification: 13+ --- violence


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