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Interpreter, The

Year: 2005
Director: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener
For such high creative judos in directing and performance, this was a disappointingly middle of the road thriller.

Kidman is an interpreter at the UN who overhears an assassination plot against a visiting African leader, Penn is the psychologically damaged secret service agent put on the case to see what she knows - and she knows more than she's telling, with a history wrapped up in the country in question.

A bland chase and intrigue film whose one outstanding point is that it's the first film to be shot inside the UN. The recent widowing of Penn's character is an unnecessary subplot and is just one example of using high nobility to try and drag the sort of thriller that normally goes straight to video up a few levels.

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