Every now and again I see the trailer for a movie and go “Wow, that looks original and interesting.” When first seeing the trailer for THE INTERNATIONAL that is exactly the reaction I had. I thought to myself it would be a welcome escape from the action fluff piece that had been overflowing my theaters for the past few years. Though I never got a chance to see it in theaters I jumped at the opportunity to add it to my Netflix queue when the DVD was released. The film was penned by Eric Singer, a first time feature writer and directed by Tom Tykwer, a German director who’s only notable work to my knowledge was a segment in the shorts mash-up that was PARIS, J’TAIME.
The flick stars Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, an Interpol agent and NY DA employee respectively, who are trying to uncover a powerful international banks attempt at entering the weapon trading industry. And that is pretty much all you need to know about the story as there is not much else to tell. The acting felt dry and forced, the writing was laughable, and the plot seems to have more holes then a Chinese whore house. It feels as though they were just pulling from every espionage/terrorist/assassination movie you could think of and throwing it all into a big pot and then defecating in said pot to make a film. This even includes the JFK “premise” of a second shooter (back…and to the left…)
Overall I had to struggle to keep myself awake during this drearily bland action mystery. I expected so much more out of what seemed to be a great concept. And yet I find myself wondering if people are really this boring in our neighbors across the pond. If I could make a recommendation to the viewers it would be to avoid this flick at all costs and spend your time perhaps watching old reruns of “Fraggle Rock”. At least that made more sense than THE INTERNATIONAL.