When “The International” was released, I wasn’t able to go to the theater to see it, finally I had the chance to watch and I was pleasantly surprised. The film is a gripping thriller, the story partly fiction and part reality. The real story took place in the 80’s and 90’s, however the producers decided to make it as a contemporary story. The main character is an Interpol Agent, Louis Salinger, (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) who are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. This bank handled the illegal money from all over the world. 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 cool thing about the movie is that architecture plays a super important role in the movie. Architecture provides an emotional set for every scene. The producers and director searched for significant architecture in every city displaying amazing buildings from Wright’s Guggenheim to Zaha’s Phaeno Science Center in Wofsburg. Germany. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) from an original screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer, The International was being shot on location in New York, Germany and throughout Europe. Those architecture lovers would enjoy the film even more.