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Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2009

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"The International" (Blu-ray)

The InternationalSynopsis

Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Owen) is gathering evidence against the International Bank of Business and Credit (IBBC), located in Luxembourg, Belgium, which he believes is acting as an exchange point for weapons being manufactured in China and sold to terrorists in the Middle East.

Louis enlists the aid of Manhattan District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Watts) in obtaining evidence, but there are those who would stop at nothing to protect their interests, which involve billions of dollars, not to mention the exposure of the involvement of various governments. The secretive goal of the bank is to control debt, thereby controlling the countries who owe them very large sums of money.

They discover that the IBBC uses a hit man to silence potential risks, and the realize that through the assassin, they may be able to get the evidence they need to indict the people who run the bank and close it down.

 

Specifications

  • Sony
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 58 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DD
  • Starring Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brian F. O'Byrne
  • Directed by Tom Tykwer
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

With the economy the way it is, and banks being perceived as the "bad guys", it is no surprise that an international bank is the setting of evil in movies such as this. Expect more to eome.

Technical

The image is sharp, but not as sharp as it could be, and with this being an action film, there should have been much more use of the surround channels.

Extras

These include Director's Commentary, The Shooting at the Guggenheim, the Autostadt, Behind the Scenes, a Digital Copy for your Video iPod, and other things.