Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Night at the Movies - The International

If you thought banks were up to no good with sub-prime mortgages, wait until you see this movie. Clive Owen plays an Interpol agent who is on the trail of The International Bank of Business and Credit. He is convinced that the IBBC is involved in an big way in illegal international arms selling. More than convinced, he's apparently obsessed with the idea. I recommend the movie. It is an international thriller in almost an old fashioned sense. There is suspense built up by actual story telling. There are a few action pieces (including a spectacular gunfight which was probably the most unbelievable thing in the movie) but on the whole, the movie presents a story of an idealistic man trying to keep his morals intact while battling a completely amoral foe without superhero antics or exploding automobiles. Among the new trailers we saw was one for Crank 2: High Voltage. Until I just looked it up, I didn't remember Crank. I'm sorry I remember. In Crank, Jason Statham played an assassin who has been injected with rat poison (I guess by an enemy) and has to keep is heart rate up or he'll die, while trying to find an antidote. In the squeal, he falls from a helicopter onto a parked car. He wakes up in a hospital to find that they've put in an artificial heart into him. Now, he has to get a jolt of electricity every hour to recharge the heart's battery, while he searches for his real heart. If that makes no sense, well, the trailer didn't make any sense.

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