Genre Guesstimation – The Interpreter (2005)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Tony of Coog’s Reviews and it is Political Thrillers.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Political Thrillers.

“You think that not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth. ” – Keller

Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Aug 2005 and 10 June 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After an interpreter hears an assassination plot while working at the UN, the Secret service tries to uncover the conspiracy before it’s too late.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and recalled it being interesting.

Upon a rewatch, my memories were quite incorrect.

This is a pretty mediocre thriller that has more potential than is actually followed through with.

The cast is great with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman doing fine jobs here as the leads.

The problem is that the story itself has trouble remaining interesting for long enough and things taper off not long after the midpoint.

The final act of the film loses all momentum of things set up beforehand and ultimately things don’t come to a satisfying conclusion once everything starts to be revealed.

Bottom Line – Mediocre thriller that doesn’t work as well as it could have. Penn and Kidman are both fine here, but the story doesn’t manage to stay interesting long enough to be thrilling enough.  The final third of the film loses all momentum that it had beforehand and ends up being quite unsatisfying when everything is finally revealed.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is the first film ever to be shot inside the United Nations Headquarters – locations include the General Assembly and the Security Council, as well as regular corridors and hallways of the complex. The cast and crew filmed on weekends in order not to disrupt the regular work week of the Organization. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. This film starts off really good, but loses much of its impact when the story gets too convaluted.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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