The International starts out with a strong espionage vibe but is weakened when it strays into “action movie” territory.
I really wanted to walk out of The International having loved it, but the best I can manage is that overall I liked it a lot.
It’s the story of Louis Salinger (Clive Owen), and INTERPOL agent working in France and his attempt to implicate a mega-banking firm in arms dealing. I loved how the film opens – the very first frame puts you right into the film with no preamble. Louis and his partner are trying to “turn” a bank executive and get him to provide evidence of the bank’s misdeeds. Things do not go well within a few short minutes.
It seems that everyone is against Louis and he can make no headway in his investigation. People are being killed and “disappeared” but there is no concrete evidence of the bank’s involvement. He is soon joined by American FBI operative Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts), who has been attempting to work the case state-side, and has also been running into roadblocks. [Read more…] about Screen Rant Review: The International