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Plot: Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot. Runtime: 128 mins Release Date: 22 Apr 2005
a thought or two on The Interpreter (by oddvincent)
Last night, I watched The Interpreter, primarily because I wanted to see if Sydney Pollack still had it and in my humble opinion, he does. I don't see too much film-making like this these days. For one thing, it's slow, but in a good way. Too many suspense films speed by at such an absurd rate that there's never any time for a mood to be built or characters to be known. Here, we get to know the characters intimately and are gradually drawn into the complex and compelling and relevant plot. Speaking of relevance, there is, here, a "message", but it's delivered <more>
organically by way of carefully structured storytelling and character development, not with a bullhorn and fireworks. Speaking of characters, I love the understated performances in this film by Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman. I love also the moments in this film, such as when Penn's character in a country-western bar unplugs the jukebox to stop the noise of some country-pop crap then restarts it in order to play Lyle Lovett's wonderful "If I Had a Boat" then goes to a pay phone and calls his own house just to hear his wife's voice on the answering machine.Also, while I have nothing against fast, action-adventure-cartoon-type violence when it's done just right. The violence in this film isn't exciting. It's just as it should be considering the subject matter. It's sad and desolate and when a man speaks his last words to the child-soldier who has just shot him and when a bus is bombed or a desperate man is betrayed and murdered you feel it, the final moments of human lives; a being being taken away. There's room for sentiment in such films and it doesn't have to be sap as it so often is.I don't follow entertainment news much these days much as I'd love to because such stories and reviews and even trailers which I also used to love watching give away far too much of the story which I'm trying here not to do so I don't know how this film was received, but I hope it did well and if it didn't, I hope audiences come to discover and love it gradually so that there might be more films like it.
I've seen this movie and, as i'd expected, it turned out to be one of those movies that you will always remember for the rest of your life, because it has Nicole Kidman, a brilliant actress with a role that doesn't look easy, because of the accent and the difficulty of becoming the UN Interpreter, and Sean Penn, who plays the fantastic role of a Security agent that tries to save the life of Silvia Broome and President Zuwanie at the same time. Again, Sydney Pollack amazed the critics with a movie half-filmed in the UN, the first one to be allowed to be filmed there, it seems. A <more>
movie full of action, suspense and surprisingly enough, the two actors will not be in love...
A few days ago I saw a subtitled art film at a festival. It put me in just the right frame of mind to appreciate "The Interpreter." "Soundless" aka "Lautlos" has all the same essential ingredients: a convoluted international conspiracy, a male government agent, and a woman implicated in the plot. The two reach out to one another in their fear and bereavement, as the action unfolds. An allegorical ritual, with good overcoming evil and opposites reconciled, is played out once again. In "Soundless," there is no semblance of realism or believability. Just <more>
ninety-four satisfying minutes of atmosphere, mood and sustained pace.Sofor me the much-criticized temporal elements of "The Interpreter" were no distraction. I could take them for the mere plot devices they are intended to belike the Klingon language in "Star Trek" or the faux-science jargon in "X-Files." I did not go down the blind alley of critiquing them as if they were a political science treatise. Those who fault this film for the lack of depth to its supposed ideological message simply miss what this whole genre is about. Sometimes a façade is just a façade! "The Interpreter" is every bit the equal of the great, classic cold-war-era thwart-the-international-conspiracy films. Nicole Kidman's exquisite performance, with Sean Penn as her foil, recalled great performances from other generations. This film will come to be regarded as one of those classics. The carping reviews will look foolish in hindsight.
It lived up to my expectations (by Renaldo Matlin)
First of all, it would seem impossible to go wrong with this: you have Sydney Pollack at the helm, the blessings from the United Nations to actually shoot INSIDE the UN building itself with several key scenes taking place in the general assembly room , all shot on location in the Big Apple, and to top it all off you have the best actress and actor of their generation in the lead! The result is a solid thriller, well sewn together, and veteran director Pollack wraps it all up weary neatly, with no loose ends. Just like he did with other thrillers like the masterful "Three Days of the <more>
Condor" and the entertaining "The Firm." I'm not saying "The Interpreter" is on level with those two, but it *is* an entertaining and thrilling two hours especially a scene involving a bus is quite tense .In the end I was really left with just one quibble: as things developed the ending really came as no big surprise. Still, that said: it's a political thriller directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. What more could one really wish for?
Kidman & Penn are superb in thriller (by dougandwin)
Having seen "Mystic River" recently, I was awaiting Sean Penn's next movie with great anticipation as he is one brilliant actor, and when I heard Nicole Kidman was to be his co-star, this was well worth waiting for, and both of them are superb in a very well-constructed movie, with great location shooting in New York. and in particular the United Nations building. Sydney Pollack has produced and played a small part in it! an excellent movie, full of intrigue with exciting music and great photography. "The Interpreter" has, by its very nature, been forced to create a <more>
new African Nation , rather than single out Zimbabwe for example, and the opening sequences set the mood for a very enthralling 2 1/4 hours. The whole cast is excellent, though made up of relative unknowns other that the two stars. I can recommend this film very highly.
Sidney Pollack has done it again! Movie premiered yesterday in Athens, was among the first to catch it. Nicole Kidman stars as Silvia Broom, a UN interpreter with a dark history behind her. Sean Penn stars as Tobin Keller, government agent in charge of protection of foreign diplomatic missions. The movie is breathtaking, after the third sequence I just sat back and let it carry me away. If you are a fan of good-old 70s spy films, you cannot miss this one. Needless to point out the breathtaking performances of Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. The last sequence in the UN is one of the best I have <more>
ever seen. Congs to everybody involved maybe now is the right momentum for a sequel of 3 days of the Condor! .
I had the chance to see this film yesterday at its world opening in Athens,Greece."The interpreter" is a political thriller directed by one of the most suitable filmmakers for this,Sydney Pollack. Nicole Kidman plays the role of a South African-born UN translator who overhears an assassination threat against the dictator of an African country.Sean Penn plays the role of a Secret Service agent,assigned to investigate the case.Soon we find out that the interpreter's past could explain her possible involvement in the conspiracy.So-maybe-not everything is exactly as it seems to be. <more>
Both Kidman and Penn give controlled and emotional performances,although intense and powerful on the inside.It's nice to see 2 stars of the value of Kidman and Penn to make these choices in their career and not waste their talent in indifferent projects. In the end the film is not only a political thriller.It is also a story on overcoming personal losses,dealing with the past in a clever,effective way and moving on...
Sophisticated debate masquerading as routine thriller. (by marykate-2)
I was unexpectedly moved by this movie. Having settled down for a routine mystery with action and a dash of romance, I was blindsided and found I was in tears for Africa and how the world is turning its back on it. It seems to me that Pollack has cleverly presented an argument for the UN in the guise of a thriller. The performances are excellent - so understated - maybe the best thing Penn has done - Kidman is pure class as usual. The thriller plot holds together but it is the underlying themes that gripped me and kept me enthralled. Surely Sydney Pollack is the most versatile and <more>
consistently surprising director of his generation in America. I was looking back over his body of work - Jeremiah Johnson, They Shoot Horses, Out of Africa, TWWW, Tootsie, to name a few, Each one is a multi faceted jewel which can be regarded from so many angles and shines from every one. His humour and humanity are second to none. I imagine the experience of shooting in Africa gave him the depth of feeling for the continent which is evident here.
A Nutshell Review: The Interpreter (by DICK STEEL)
This film is filled with Oscar winners, from the Director Sydney Pollack, to the two main leads in Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. However, taking center stage is the UN building in New York, where for the first time, filmmakers are allowed into its halls and corridors, rather than relying on sound stages and back lots to create the movie magic. I have a friend who's working there, and of course whenever the building is on screen, my eyes were peeled.Naturally, the way Security is portrayed in the film got my interest as well, kinda like an occupational hazard, not that I am dealing with the <more>
high level stuff, but the same principles apply. Probably I'm the only one getting kicks from watching surveillance, security surveys, threat assessments, background checks, intelligence gathering, etc. Though I could say what they put on screen is plausible, there was one scene in the beginning that had me shaking my head to i.e. major plot hole, unlikely possible in real life , but has to happen anyway to facilitate the plot.And that's when we have Silvia Broome Nicole Kidman overhearing voices in the General Assembly talking about assassinating a visiting dignitary at the UN, and sparks off a cat and mouse game with her protector, Secret Service Agent Tobin Keller Sean Penn and team racing against time to discover who the perpetrators of the plot is, try to stop it from happening on US soil, and protecting their sole witness Silvia. But is she hiding something from the investigators? Given her constant suspicious behaviour, it surely seems there is more to the interpreter than meets the eye.In a political thriller like this, there is no lack of showcasing bureaucracy, and politics amongst the various stakeholders, be they UN General Assembly, Security Council, etc. The current terrorism climate also rings close in this film, and it serves as a reminder to the audience that whoever out there hatching these diabolical plots, sad to say, hold the upper hand as to where and when to strike if we don't stay vigilant. However, US audiences might find the act shown in the movie too close for comfort.The pacing's comfortable, though at times threading close to sappy flashbacks, but when things heat up, they really get tense. IF you're a fan of tense moments like what Se7en offered, this show offers a few which will keep you on the edge of your seat.Sean Penn, if not the fine actor he is, could easily own the world weary cop role, as do Bruce Willis or even Al Pacino. But he gives his character an additional edge, on one hand brooding over the death of his adulterous wife, and on the other trying to figure out and protect his charge. Nicole Kidman, as the interpreter, brings about a tough-as-cookie yet extremely vulnerable woman in Silvia Broome with an accent to boot, and hey, it works for me read: eye candy .Some may find the plot a tad confusing, given the language used which calls for an interpretation, sometimes hard to listen in to the English portion , and uncommon character names hey, it's the UN , but hang in there, and you'll enjoy this film as much as I did.