By Jack Rico
Rated: R for some sequences of violence and language.
Release Date: 2009-02-13
Starring: Eric Singer
Official Website: http://www.everybodypays.com/
The International is a complicated film with an intricate plot line and lackluster acting. It’s only redeeming qualities are its action sequences and fast paced direction.
The premise is hard to follow: Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing – even murder – to continue financing terror and war.
Naomi Watts gave the worst performance in her career. It’s as if she has become worse over the years beginning with King Kong. Clive Owen is no Jason Bourne, but is believable enough that the credibility of the film isn’t compromised.
Be ready for what will be the most talked about action sequence of the early new year – the Guggenheim museum shooting frenzy is well worth the watch.
For a production that aspires to be so much more than a typical thriller, The International’s convoluted premise and Naomi’s painful acting achieves only to convey an average movie experience.