Movie Review: The International – Starring Clive Owen & Naomi Watts

by Jason of New Movie Friday on February 13, 2009

in Movie Reviews

Movie: The International (R)
Released: February 13th, 2009
Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.
Ticket Price: $5.00 Early Matinee
Refreshments: Peanut M&M’s and Popcorn
Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl & Brian F. O’Byrne
Director: Tom Tykwer

Rating: Wait for the Rental, if Not Longer

Synopsis: An Interpol agent has teamed up with a New York prosecutor to try and take down a major international bank that seems to be the hub for handling the money of terrorist groups, crime lords and rogue governments. Anyone that gets close to exposing them ends up dead, along with anyone else that gets in their way.

Review: The International is billed as an action thriller, but unfortunately it lacks a lot of action and is less than thrilling. It truly is one of those movies where all the action is in the trailer.

I went in with medium hopes and still came away disappointed. The cast is very good, the story idea is interesting, but the movie really drags. The movie does build to a crescendo, but by the time it did, I didn’t care anymore. If you’re looking for a way to make two hours feel like three, then you should definitely check this movie out.

There is one really badass, bullets flying everywhere, action sequence that takes place in the Guggenheim museum. But, I have problems when someone is able to shoot like 12 times without needing to reload a revolver. Yet, that one action sequence isn’t enough to recommend you go see this at the theater. You should wait for the rental, if not longer.

There is another sequence at the end of the movie that made the guy behind me breakout laughing, but this isn’t a funny movie. It was something that would just not be able to take place like it does. It is another one of those occurrences that takes you out of the moment.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on The International. Did you find it thrilling? Were you able to stay awake?

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