The International

The International

The International

From the director of Perfume and Run, Lola, Run, Tom Tykwer, comes this international espionage action-thriller. One of the world’s most powerful banks is full of bad eggs involved in money laundering, arms trading, and financing terror and war.

Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice, and their investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul.

2009Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language and sexual references118 minsUSA, Germany
ActionDramaThriller
Director:
Tom Tykwer ('Perfume: The Story of a Murderer', 'Run, Lola, Run')
Writer:
Eric Singer
Cast:
Clive OwenNaomi WattsAngelina AucelloArmin Mueller-StahlUlrich ThomsenJack McGee
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Full of promise but doesn't deliver

Each major scene left me wondering "Where will it go next!?" The film tilts towards many topics: money laundering, rich and powerful people, bugs, assassins, the system, paranoia, tinitus, middle east wars, etc. But none of the themes are pursued to any useful conclusion. Unless you think expediency deserves to win out over humanity/morality. Actually, I...

3.0

Promising theme, given current events.

But only moderatley engrossing at best.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Graced with well-chosen location eye candy, Tom Tykwer's biggest production to date is proficient but lacks the added tension and characterization to put it anywhere near the top tier of contempo action suspensers.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Leaving behind the aromatic fantasy of Perfume, Tom Tykwer weighs in with a tense and exhilarating entry into the spy genre. This is an espionage thriller well worth investing in.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

So undistinguished that the moments you remember best are those that you wish another, more original director had tackled.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Clive Owen makes a semi-believable hero, not performing too many feats that are physically unlikely. As the plucky DA, Naomi Watts wisely plays up her character's legal smarts and plays down the inevitable possibility that the two of them will fall in love.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Eurocentric bank-biz thriller starts with high principle but can't sustain interest.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Despite being structured in an intriguing way -- bits of confusing action are shown first and explained later -- The International never finds its footing.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Punctuated with bursts of explosive energy, this is a contained, cerebral film.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

For all its serious intent, Tykwer’s ‘relevant’ thriller proves to be perilously naff.

2.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It wants to be a smart, literate and provocative thinkpiece, but lacks the coherency, fluency, drama and urgency to achieve that.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Graced with well-chosen location eye candy, Tom Tykwer's biggest production to date is proficient but lacks the added tension and characterization to put it anywhere near the top tier of contempo action suspensers.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Leaving behind the aromatic fantasy of Perfume, Tom Tykwer weighs in with a tense and exhilarating entry into the spy genre. This is an espionage thriller well worth investing in.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

So undistinguished that the moments you remember best are those that you wish another, more original director had tackled.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Clive Owen makes a semi-believable hero, not performing too many feats that are physically unlikely. As the plucky DA, Naomi Watts wisely plays up her character's legal smarts and plays down the inevitable possibility that the two of them will fall in love.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Eurocentric bank-biz thriller starts with high principle but can't sustain interest.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Despite being structured in an intriguing way -- bits of confusing action are shown first and explained later -- The International never finds its footing.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Punctuated with bursts of explosive energy, this is a contained, cerebral film.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

For all its serious intent, Tykwer’s ‘relevant’ thriller proves to be perilously naff.

2.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It wants to be a smart, literate and provocative thinkpiece, but lacks the coherency, fluency, drama and urgency to achieve that.

3.0

Full of promise but doesn't deliver

Each major scene left me wondering "Where will it go next!?" The film tilts towards many topics: money laundering, rich and powerful people, bugs, assassins, the system, paranoia, tinitus, middle east wars, etc. But none of the themes are pursued to any useful conclusion. Unless you think expediency deserves to win out over humanity/morality. Actually, I...

3.0

Promising theme, given current events.

But only moderatley engrossing at best.

2.0