Saturday, January 16, 2010

The International


The spectacular climactic shootout comes slightly too early in this film, and the dramatic tensions, though well constructed, never quite match the gory splendour of the midpoint of the film. I'm disappointed that critics and audiences generally panned this smart, complex thriller and hope that it's not indicative that indeed, the viewing public has been so "dumbed down" by this genre that they cannot accept this meatier fare; conversely, Twyker occasionally flashes a bit too much bling, exceeding even Bond's flair for fantastic, with a particular jones for contemporary architecture (a fetish I took pleasure in, but I'm still not sure it served the story).


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