LAPDANCE LARRY
SEVENTIES SIMON
PHOTOGRAPHY
COMIC ART
INTERVIEWS
BOOKS
Sub-menu 1.2.1.1
FESTIVALS
EXHIBITIONS


     


The International

Director Tom Tykwer is accumulating a body of interesting projects, from the frenetic time-bending Run Lola Run to the peculiar macabre of Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer. With The International, he changes tack again, presenting a smart corporate thriller incumbent with all the requisite twists and turns and culminating in a nice conclusion that is both unexpected and ties in nicely with the theme of the movie.

 The story involves a bank that is financing Third World conflict and the Interpol agent (Clive Owen) and New York DA (Naomi Watts) charged with bringing it down. This proves nigh on impossible with the tendrils of the bank infiltrating both the corporate and political worlds. The film comes at an apt time when, given the current global financial crisis, opinion on banks couldn't be any lower. It also feeds into our distrust of government and the shady, back room deals they involve themselves in. The film illustrates the depth of cooperation between the global power brokers - corporations, intelligence organisations and organised crime - and these cynical times make it easy to believe it's all true. With intriguing twists and turns the movie sucks you in and won't let go but you'll need your wits about you to keep track of the multiple threads. A spectacular action set piece in the middle of the film feels a little out of place (this isn't really an action film) but it quickly pulls back into a tight thriller thereafter so it doesn't feel so much a cop out in retrospect.

 Performers do well in albeit largely shallow characters but this is not a character piece; it is an event driven story, so it's easy to forgive this minor trespass. Clive Owen plays his usual shtick to good effect, brimming with brooding intensity as the ex-Scotland Yard come Interpol agent. Naomi Watts has less to do but makes what she can of her limited screen time. Armin Mueller-Stahl rounds out the name cast.

 Although The International suffers a little in terms of scant characterisation and pacing, its engrossing narrative easily outshines these flaws and Tykwer delivers a film that is gripping from beginning to end.
Stuart Jamieson
official website

Bookmark and Share






also featured

The Little Death
There are many things to commend filmmaker Josh Lawson for in regards to The Little Death.
Read more >>


Boyhood
With a concept that might never be repeated, filmmaker Richard Linklater was able to take over 12 years to bring Boyhood to the big screen. And the fact he was able to do so using the same cast members for all 12 years only adds to the extraordinary nature of this film.
Read more >>


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
After the exercise in diminishing returns that was the Transformers franchise (I admit that the first film was a strong start), Michael Bay turns his attention to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Read more >>

Magic in the Moonlight
Stanley (Colin Firth), a well renowned magician, is sent on a debunking mission to expose spiritualist Sophie (Emma Stone) as a fraud. Read more >>

Snowpiercer
In 1982 a French graphic novel (that’s the adult term for a comic) postulated a world thrown into an ice age where the remnants of humanity are trapped on a train that never stops. Thirty years later we have an international film (Korean director, ensemble cast) to take us on that ride.
Read more >>


Sharknado 2: The Second One
In 2013, one movie set the (western) world alight more than any other.
Read more >>


The Expendables 3

The third film in Stallone's mega action cast flick has Rocky on a suicide mission to catch Mad Max and this time it's serious.
Read more >>


Guardians of the Galaxy
By the time you read this, Guardians of the Galaxy will already be big.
Read more >>


Lucy
As films get bigger and computers allow even the boldest ideas to become visual reality, the demands on the viewer’s suspension of disbelief has grown to an almost ridiculous level.
Read more >>


Find modmove.com on Facebook

Stay up to date with modmove news
about modmove
What to know how we got started?
Read more >>
read the modmove blog
Check out all the random stuff that didn't make it to the website!
Read more >>
contact Us
If you have any queries or if you would like more information about modmove,
we would love to hear from you! 
Read more >>
join our mailing list
subscribe to the mailing list and receive the modmove newsletter.
search
search modmove for previous news and reviews.


     


HootSuite - Social Media Dashboard

Privacy Notice
| Contact Us | Site Map | Copyright © 2009 modmove.com | Entertainment and Popular Culture in Review at modmove.com