Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.
In The International, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman are determined to bring to justice one of the world's most powerful banks. Uncovering illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments, Salinger and Whitman's investigation takes them from Berlin to Milan to New York and to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as the bank will stop at nothing - even murder - to continue financing terror and war.Written by
Inspired by the BCCI (Bank of Credit and Commerce International) banking scandal, which took place in the 1980s and early 1990s. See more »
Shortly after Mrs. Whitman and Salinger leave the elevator, Whitman's scarf is wrapped around her neck. A few seconds later, after a cut, it has changed position. See more »
Listen, I'm from the Bronx, so you need to keep it simple. Why is the bank buying all this missile-guidance stuff from Calvini? - I don't get it.
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During the credits fade-in on the second and third newspaper printed articles, look above the main story of focus and you will see articles that reference a company by the name of SuckleOil, which is most likely a nod to Producer Richard Suckle. See more »
Those in the market for a solid, old-fashioned spy thriller need look no further than "The International," a movie that hearkens back, in tone and style, to those post-Bond Harry Palmer films ("The Ipcress File," "Funeral in Berlin") from the 1960s. Here, Clive Owen plays Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent who's teamed up with Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), an assistant district attorney of the city of New York, to help bring down a major bank they suspect of brokering arms to terrorists. When one of his fellow agents is assassinated, Salinger sprints into action, even though, technically, he has no real authority to apprehend the bad guys.
Complex, serious and swarming with red herrings, "The International" is one of those movies where they throw terms like "file" and "dossier" around with gleeful abandon - and we relish every minute of it. In addition, it comes replete with all the shady characters, covert encounters and glamorous international settings (Berlin, Lyon, Istanbul, etc.) we've come to expect in our secret agent thrillers.
Excellent action sequences, including a spectacular shootout at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, add to the movie's effectiveness.
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