• KJones77

    ★★★½ Watched by KJones77 17 Aug, 2016

    The International is a thoroughly engaging action thriller with a top-notch lead performance from Clive Owen and sleek, stylish director from Tom Tykwer. Just as engaging as Tykwer's past films, The International examines the corrupt activities of a bank and uses it as a moralistic play when it comes to reality and the way bankers seem to get away with everything. For this, the film can be somewhat unsatisfying due to its lack of pay off, which many will find…

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  • Lasse Marhaug

    ★★★ Watched by Lasse Marhaug 15 Jul, 2016

    Bankers, the perfect bad guys.

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  • Jimmy Lindau

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Jimmy Lindau 29 May, 2016

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  • LLFIN

    ★★★ Watched by LLFIN 22 Nov, 2009

    The usual 3 stars, mainly for Clive Owen, the lovely Danish/the Dane and Armin Mueller-Stahl, who seems to be the theme of tonight's films. A good intellectual thriller nevertheless. More, please.

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  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Daniel Charchuk 14 May, 2010

    Actually really good, but it's not an action movie at all. Marketing it as one was a big mistake.

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  • Joyce Heinen

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Joyce Heinen 04 May, 2016

    Film # 2 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 14" Challenge
    Task # 3: A film you saw 5+ years ago in theaters but haven't seen since

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    Director Tom Tykwer was successful with German films “Winterschläfer”, “Lola Rennt” and “Der Krieger und die Kaiserin”. The step to international success was logical. His movies “Heaven” and “Perfume” did well, but they both got mixed reviews. And the same goes for “The International”. It’s a good thriller that captivates, but towards…

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  • TheMovieVampire

    ★★★ Watched by TheMovieVampire 17 Jun, 2009

    During the late seventies a paranoid streak began to emerge in Hollywood thrillers like Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View, this trend has widely been linked to post-Watergate cynicism that was going on throughout the country. Nixon’s scandal had exposed the ability of the government and agencies like the CIA to secretly do all sorts of sinister things behind Kafka-esque webs of complication, secrecy, and intrigue. This trend seems to have re-emerged as of late in films…

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  • Phil Sternwise

    ★★★★ Added by Phil Sternwise

    Have you ever read a book before it was made into a movie, and then watched the movie and thought, well, that was actually a pretty good adaptation? (Yeah, I know it rarely happens). Well I have no idea if this was a book before it was a movie, but it IS a pretty good adaptation of REALITY, but you'd have had to have studied something of reality before you've seen this movie in order to understand that this is…

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  • James Sansom

    ★★ Watched by James Sansom 21 Apr, 2016

    The great tragedy of this film are the elements hidden away in the background that hint at a truly great movie. This film starts itself looking like it will be the great paranoid conspiracy film of 00s. Instead it devolves into a film that feels directionless and shifts tones so frequently that there's no other way to say it - this film is a mess.

    The sinister international banking angle is an interesting one that feels authentic and director Tom…

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  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Charchuk 22 Jun, 2009

    I thought it was a pretty terrific potboiler, and easily comparable to stuff like Michael Clayton and The Constant Gardener. It's plain to see why it did so poorly, though; it's not an action film at all, and foolishly advertising it as one (as well as releasing it in the adult-unfriendly month of February) was a big mistake.

    It's also not boring at all: it takes its time, but it's well worth it. The one action sequence is brilliantly shot…

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  • Craig Hart

    ★★★ Added by Craig Hart

    Almost too low-key for its own good and awful timely in this day and age to have a bank as the “villain”, this is actually a solid little thriller about a financial institution up to its eyeballs in the funding of war and misery, the Interpol and other law enforcement officers out to expose them, and the lengths to which the bank will go to defend itself. Clive Owen is Interpol agent Louis Sallinger who works with Manhattan district attorney…

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  • Rob Summers

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Rob Summers 06 Mar, 2016

    Tykwer's underrated globe trotting thriller never really found an audience. I don't know why.

    It's got a great story, cool actors and stunning locations.

    Singer's script may be a little too self serious at times but it's filled with great dialogue, suspense, twists and 70s French Connection/Parallax View like take on the material. Check out the terrific conversation between Armin Mueller Stahhl and Clive Owen near the end. A smart meditation of the gulf between ideals and the real world…

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