Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Movie: The International
1. There is a great shootout in the Guggenheim Museum that ought to catapult into the top ten of movie shootouts. A very exciting bit of performance art.
2. Very cool modern architecture is used to great effect, especially the headquarters of the evil international bank in Luxembourg, and the Italian alpine lakeside headquarters of an international arms manufacturer. Old architecture in Istanbul, Turkey, provides the setting for a rooftop chase. If you travel to Istanbul, find the neighborhood where walkways are built onto the roofs of the old part of town.
3. Five pithy lines of dialogue.
"I'm more comfortable tense."
"Character is easier kept than recovered."
"Sometimes a man finds his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."
"There's the difference between truth and fiction: fiction has to make sense."
"Sometimes the hardest thing in life is knowing which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn. I'm the bridge you burn."
"When there is no way out, go further in."
4. The corporate assassin. He's ordinary and even has a physical handicap, but he's the model of professional competence.
5. Clive Owen. He's a natural as the dirty hero.