• 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 mediation of the gulf between ideals and the real world…

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  • Todd Malkin

    ★★½ Rewatched by Todd Malkin 06 Mar, 2016

    Passable international intrigue. Good settings, decent score, lots of international jargon. Just wish the plot had higher personal stakes. Tom Tykwer is awesome, but it feels like he's actively trying to tone himself down to become a "real film-maker."

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  • Rahul Dutta

    ★★★ Watched by Rahul Dutta 03 Mar, 2016

    a really good thriller movie. Clive Owen's performance worth to watch....

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  • fulci420

    Added by fulci420

    Exquisitely shot but just so forgettable and blah for a thriller with an intriguing enough premise. Clive Owen is just doing his intense thing he's done in many better films, he was kind of annoying me with how serious he is all the time, calm down bro! Naomi Watts is given an incredibly inconsequential character when all is said and done and for me it was a rare lackluster performance from an actress I consistently like.

    Tom Twyker of "Run…

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  • tomwanted

    ★★★★★ Watched by tomwanted 07 Feb, 2016

    Ich kann es nicht abstreiten, einer meiner Lieblingsfilme.

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  • Owen Greenwell

    ★★★½ Watched by Owen Greenwell 24 Aug, 2009

    Great shootout, intelligent plotting and pacing.

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  • Ryan Narce

    ★★½ Watched by Ryan Narce 17 Jan, 2016

    It bears pointing out that, despite what the cover and myriad promotional posters might have you believe (SPOILER ALERT), Clive Owen never fires a machine pistol while in the company of Naomi Watts, and specifically never does so with her while in the Guggenheim.

    Acts like you should be invested in these characters and ideas without ever getting you there, and the leaden narrative threads are serviced by simply cutting from one euro-futurist NGO building to another, where people have…

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