Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armon Mueller-Stahl, Brian F. O'Bryne, Ulrich Thomsen
The International Bank of Business & Credit (IBBC) has been linked with funding terrorist activities. Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Owen) learns that the bank purchases weapons manufactured in China and sells them to third world countries. Salinger is accompanied by New York District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Watts) who look for ways to bring down the IBBC. Umberto Calvini is only 1 of the two people in the world who supplies missile guidance systems and is also a strong Italian Prime Ministerial candidate. Calvini is assassinated during a political rally, probably by IBBC for refusing to co-operate with them, and Salinger and Whitman realise that anyone who went against the IBBC was either killed or went missing. Spy movies typically need a complex and catchy plot line to keep audience interest alive. A good climax supported with some good acting only makes the recipe better. The movie excels in almost all of these areas with the climax being not as good as one would have wanted. The ending was a little abrupt and could have ended on a slightly better note, but all that said and done, it is a fabulous movie nonetheless.
Thumbs up: Plot and performances
Thumbs down: Slightly better ending