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The International

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Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:00 am

           That could be better than one honest man taking on an entire corrupt global power in the form of the au courant villain, a giant bank? Well, one thing that would be better would be one man taking on an international evil institution with a script that made sense. Here we have great actors, great direction, and incredible cinematography as well as four little words that practically make this a must-see: gunfight in the Guggenheim.

    Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) is a man on a mission. The mission: to bring down the deeply powerful and deeply corrupt International Bank of Business and Credit. Salinger has been investigating the bank for years and every time he gets even close to a lead his witness winds up missing or dead.  Now he’s joined forces with a New York district attorney, Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), to bring down this epitome of organized crime. Together they begin a globe-trotting pursuit, David and Goliath-style.

    On a positive note, this is one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen. Owen, as always, is perfectly cast as the unflappable hero with a conscience. Naomi Watts fills the Jodie Foster role from Owen’s last film, Inside Man, a completely gratuitous attractive female. The film is engaging, but the screenwriter must have taken wrap-up tips from the screenwriter of The Departed, if you can’t be smart, be bloody. It’s a good rental.   It's a 6.

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