The International

They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays.


The International
At a time when the banks are in everyone's bad books, Hollywood rolls out a movie taking a look at a very bad bank. Loosely based on the now-defunct BCCI back in the latter half of the last century, this bank is involved in power plays on the grandest scale. Since they're into running countries, they get involved in arms dealing, murder, and other nasties. An Interpol agent teams up with a pretty assistant DA to investigate this bank. Previous investigators were either killed or disappeared, so the stakes are high, as is the action.

120 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence).
Crime, Thriller.

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Credits

Cast
Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brian F. O'Byrne, Michel Voletti, Patrick Baladi
Director
Tom Tykwer
ScreenplayEric Singer
MusicReinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
CinematographyFrank Griebe
EditingMathilde Bonnefoy
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2009
Produced byRelativity Media, Atlas Entertainment, Mosaic Media Group, Papillon Productions, Rose Line Productions, Siebte Babelsberg Film, Studio Babelsberg, X-Filme Creative Pool

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenrePolitical, thriller
LanguageFairly infrequent and mild
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent and moderate within context
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsComplex and mature theme of political assassination, espionage, murder, corruption.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
2
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
10
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
5
iAfrica.com
Ebrahim Moolla quote iconWith a little more focus on the execution it just might have had you sniffing the air for a whiff of arsenic when you're having coffee with the bank manager.
10
24.com
Finn Gregory
5
Box Office
Richard Mowe quote iconIn the current financial climate, Tom Twyer’s banking thriller should have struck all kinds of chords of recognition, but sadly it fails to hit its targets and, with a lackluster script, falls into the groove of a conventional action story—albeit with some contemporary resonances. A hard-working cast give it their all, especially Clive Owen’s Interpol agent.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconThe result is more like a perplexing and pretentious variation on the Bourne movies; one that not even the wanton destruction of video-art installations by machine-gun-toting baddies can really enliven.
5
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconThe International, a decent thriller that should have been dazzling, is nothing if not topical. And sexy, too, thanks to the star presence of intrepid Clive Owen.
13
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconWhile there's a decent array of other action in the film (that thankfully targets adult viewers rather than teenagers), the shootout among the spiraling ramps and open atrium is a testament to how exciting film can still be. It doesn't make The International a great offering, but it certainly will keep the pic, or at least that one scene, in the collective consciousness of moviegoers for some time to come.
12
Metacritic.com
34 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
186 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe International boasts some electric action sequences and picturesque locales, but is undone by its preposterous plot.
12

What the People say

Internet
6981 Netizens quote iconWorth a theater ticket
14

Average .. 53%

11

Trailer






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