Don't Trust a Bank!

Just came back from the movie theater where I watched The International (2009). It is a typical political thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.

The story follows a generic template. Louis Salinger, Owen's character, is an Interpol agent who is trying to expose a banking organization which is suspected in arms trading. Salinger is always two steps behind and every new lead gets him nowhere. In the end, Louis Salinger realizes that his adversary is too powerful and the only way to fight it is to go "outside the system". The hunter becomes the hunted and Salinger gets an upper hand. But can he call himself victorious? Surely not, one person cannot fight the organization. Typical.

The story is almost as old as the world itself. As for the actors, I never was too excited about Clive Owen and always think of him as the guy who played in Privateer 2: The Darkening. He was good there. Naomi Watts looks much worse than the last time I saw her. It seems that the time was not very kind to her. Also, her character is not that important in The International as this is kind of a one-man movie.

Even though The International is not a new kid on the block, I still enjoyed it for a number of reasons. The movie features quite a few action scenes, but it doesn't use the "shaking camera" (more like "vomit camera") technique which became so famous quite recently. For that I am very grateful. You can actually understand who is shooting whom or who is running from whom. I still can't forget the first chase scene from the latest Bond movie, Quantum of Solace (2008), it gave me a headache. Another thing, despite of the fact that the movie was inspired by the events of one of the biggest scandals in the financial world, which occurred in 1991 and involved the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, it doesn't pose as another "based on a real story" picture.

I don't regret spending my money on the movie, it is worth seeing on the big screen. The perfect Friday evening flick. Popcorn is in order.


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