Okay, guys and gals, if you are looking for a couple of hours to spend living the life of an Interpol Agent, complete with the thrills, suspense, and shoot-outs, then The International is the perfect movie for you. Clive Owen (Children of Men) plays Interpol agent Louis Salinger, an incredibly serious-minded and tunnel-visioned agent, set on bringing down the IBBC (International Bank of Business and Commerce). The IBBC is not what it seems, however, on the outside. They are involved in weapons trading and political shenanigans. It is Salinger’s job to uncover what has been going on with the IBBC and put a stop to the conspiracies taking place.
He goes about this with the help of Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman, played by the talented Naomi Watts (King Kong). The two go deep into the bowels of the IBBC to bring justice and right the wrongs of the economically corrupt world. Watts does a great job in her performance and leaves a very pleasing impression upon the audience, as will Owen. Owen plays the part of Salinger perfectly—his swaggering accent and rugged looks adding to the character of the tortured agent.
Directed by Tom Tykwer, best know for Run Lola Run, The International comes at a perfect time—the real economy is slumping and uncertainty overflows from every crack and crevasse of day-to-day life. These facts of life today lend a bit of reality to the movie, drawing in the viewers with a bit of nail-biting attention.
The most vivid and truly memorable part of The International is the action packed and lengthy shoot out at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Art lovers may have several moments of skin crawling cringing as fine works of art are blown to smithereens while sightseers and museum-goers duck and dodge bullets. This just also happens to be the scene where Salinger displays empathy and morals by helping a man who was meant to be the target.