It’s The Academy Awards tonight, so I figured I had better catch up on our movie reviews before the show. We’re probably going to go catch a flick tonight since we usually disagree with the snobs at The Academy.
Anyway, Becky and I went to see The International Riders release on opening night, at the AMC theater in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Rotten Tomatoes website at The International describes the movie as follows:
“In The International, a gripping thriller, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one… In The International, a gripping thriller, Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing – even murder – to continue financing terror and war…”
The International is supposed to be an action packed thriller and there is some action, but the movie didn’t do it for us. Becky fell asleep because it jumped around so much and it was pretty boring. Part of the problem was that the story is probably more true than we realize. I mean, come on’, who doesn’t know that International bankers run the world. Hello, The Federal Reserve is privately owned and we just spent almost a trillion dollars bailing out 10 large banks that were doing everything but banking, out of about 10,800 banks in this country.
Needless to say, the timing for this film was great, but it was kind of boring and hard to believe that four guys in a room were controlling the world. Even the biggest conspiracy’s have to be more complex than this film made this one out to be. The bankers were just way to disorganized to rule the world, but maybe they are and that’s how they lost so much money and required a bailout. In this film, you wanted them to lose not just because they were terrible people, but because they were not very good at running things.
The International is not a horrible movie and the actors were good, but the directing or the screenplay or something was missing in this film. We can’t say that it was worth going to the box office by any stretch, but it will make for a good rental.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
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