The International (Blu-ray)

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Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) is determined to expose an arms dealing ring responsible for facilitating acts of terrorism around the globe. But as his investigation leads Salinger and his partner, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), deeper into the secret world of greed, corruption and murder, they become targets of a deadly conspiracy so vast, they soon find the only people left to trust...are each other. This pulse-pounding thriller plays a high-stakes game of suspense, intrigue and explosive action.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 210935350
UPC 043396292116
UPC 14 00043396292116
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/1/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Conspiracies
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Released in a post-globalization economy teetering on the brink of a depression, THE INTERNATIONAL admirably stays in step with its time. Screenwriter Eric Singer hangs this man-against-the-machine action-thriller not on the Russians, North Koreans, or turncoats in the C.I.A., but on the I.B.B.C., an international bank that wields power through crippling debt. With villains like these, viewers fretting over their own mortgage rates will find themselves rooting zealously for these crooked financiers to fall hard. Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and his partner, New York Assistant D.A. Eleanor Whitman (the somewhat underused Naomi Watts), are consistently stonewalled by local law enforcement in their attempt to close in on the bank?s insiders. The conflict deepens two-fold as Salinger discovers not only how wide the bank?s nefarious influence spreads, but how loosely he will act within legal boundaries to get his man. Owen elevates the at-times standard espionage plot devices with his now trademark (but always riveting) me-against-the-worldisms: his hard-edged focus and steely moral clarity. Armin Mueller-Stahl also stands out in the cast as a weathered ex-communist revolutionary now finding himself in the epicenter of capitalist corruption.^With spirited but tight direction, Tom Tykwer (of RUN, LOLA, RUN and THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR fame) emphasizes longer action sequences and a more developed narrative arc than many contemporary post-BOURNE IDENTITY thrillers. The film?s centerpiece--an incredible shoot-out in the Guggenheim Museum with flying plaster, shattering installations, and shifting loyalties--reads like a disaster movie for the highbrow set as art lovers everywhere will experience a perverse thrill watching the museum?s famed spiral shot up by I.B.B.C. thugs.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter "Tom Tykwer's glossy, high finance conspiracy thriller is a spectacular looking film with an unsettling intensity." 02/05/2009
USA Today "THE INTERNATIONAL gets high marks for timeliness....It's a well-made and handsome drama....Clive Owen does a fine job..." 02/13/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "The movie has a scene in it Hitchcock might have envied, a gun battle ranging up and down the ramps of the Guggenheim Museum in New York....The visuals are terrific..." 02/13/2009
Los Angeles Times "Shot by Tykwer's usual cinematographer Frank Griebe, THE INTERNATIONAL exhibits noticeable visual style as it gallivants around the world, and it also has some solid action sequences." 02/13/2009
Washington Post "THE INTERNATIONAL is in many ways a throwback to the monochrome urban thrillers of the 1970s, with the added topical twist of having a diabolical financial institution at its center....The compulsively watchable Owen makes for an ideal leading man..." 02/13/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]n Tykwer's assured hands, and boasting dazzling photography, THE INTERNATIONAL rises tot he top of the espionage pile." 03/01/2009
Rolling Stone "Owen supplies the needed center of gravity....Owen has proved himself the thinking man and woman's action hero, serving up brains and brawn in a hypnotic wrapper." 03/05/2009
Premiere "Both Watts and Owen give solid performances as determined investigators, but it's the chemistry between them that makes the whole thing work." 02/19/2009
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he star of the pic may well be NYC's Guggenheim Museum and Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, both of which figure in cool action chase sequences that pay handsome dividends." 02/20/2009
Directors
Tom Tykwer
Actors
Clive Owen
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Naomi Watts
Cast & Crew
Brian F. O'Byrne - Star
Clive Owen - Star
Armin Mueller-Stahl - Star
Naomi Watts - Star
Alan G. Glazer - Executive Producer
Charles Roven - Producer
Uli Hanisch - Production Designer
Lloyd Phillips - Producer
Richard Suckle - Producer
Reinhold Heil - Composer
Ngila Dickson - Costume Designer
Frank Griebe - Director of Photography
Mathilde Bonnefoy - Editor
Ryan Kavanaugh - Executive Producer
Tom Tykwer - Composer
Johnny Klimek - Composer
Eric Warren Singer - Screenwriter
Tom Tykwer - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
Catalog ID 29211
UPC 00043396292116
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The International possesses the look and feel of a thriller, but not the heart or soul of one. With a cold, clinical precision, director Tom Tykwer establishes the complex narrative and weaves in a few extraneous action sequences, but it's an exercise in plot contortions. There are no characters to speak of - just moving pieces that go where the storyline demands and do what the storyline requires. Clive Owen, normally an actor of great charisma and energy, is flat. And Naomi Watts is criminally underused. She spends most of her screen time standing around playing second fiddle to Owen. In the end, we're left wondering why she agreed to be in the film...The story unfolds like a novel of international intrigue but there's almost too much information and exposition to convey cleanly within the confines of a two-hour motion picture. There are also a couple of extended action scenes (including a rather spectacular shoot-out at the Guggenheim Museum that is as good-looking as it is dramatically unnecessary) that appear to have been shoehorned into the movie to increase its action quotient. The ultimate pointlessness of these scenes makes them feel more like loud, messy distractions...To date, director Tykwer is probably best known as the architect of Run Lola Run, the fast-paced, high-voltage thriller that became a huge success on the art house circuit a decade ago. Little of the innovation or energy evident in Run Lola Run can be found in The International. In fact, this film's greatest strength lies not in its visceral, action-oriented scenes but in those that hint at the kinds of international conspiracies that are easy enough to believe in today's economic climate. The main thing that keeps The International from being truly gripping is the replacement of flesh-and-blood protagonists with photogenic mannequins.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Not since the days of silent movies have bankers as a group been cast so ruthlessly as villains. They used to wear waxed mustaches and throw widows and orphans out into the storm. Now the mustaches are gone. "Banker" has been incorporated into the all-embracing term "Wall Street." The bankers in "The International" broker arms deals, sell missiles under the counter and assassinate anyone who gets too snoopy...Whether this is a fair portrait is not the purpose of a film review to determine. It is accurate of the bankers on view here, and given the face of Armin Mueller-Stahl, once familiar as a good guy, now enjoying a new career as a ruthless villain. His bank, based in Luxembourg as so many schemes are, has been assassinating nosey-parkers for getting too close to their operations, which involve investing in African rebels, nuclear weaponry and arming both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...I enjoyed "The International." Clive Owen makes a semi-believable hero, not performing too many feats that are physically unlikely. He's handsome and has the obligatory macho stubble, but he has a quality that makes you worry a little about him. I like heroes who could get killed. 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...The director is Tom Tykwer ("Run, Lola, Run"). Here he's concerned not merely with thriller action but with an actual subject: the dangers of a banking system that operates offshore no matter where your shoreline is. We're gradually getting it into our heads that in the long run, your nuclear capability may not be as important as your bank balance. Banks are not lending much money these days, but if you want to buy some warheads, they might take a meeting.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview An electrifying thriller.
Kelly Jane Torrance, The Washington Times Grabs you from the get go. An action thriller for our times.
MovieGuide A superb, smart thriller with lots of suspense and an exhilarating action sequence that puts you on the edge of your seat.
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV ...a top notch thriller. It sizzles with a smartness and intelligence seldom seen in movies today.
Stephen Rebello, Playboy ...crackles with tension...a pulse-pounder...the perfect thriller for our times.
Sura Wood, The Hollywood Reporter Punctuated with bursts of explosive energy, this is a contained, cerebral film.

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