Leave a comment


katie said on May 6th, 2005 at 7:30 pm :

Sounds great, I’ll have to go see it this weekend. Thanks for the review!


olivia said on May 6th, 2005 at 10:44 pm :


i’m so immature.

you didnt answer the comment on my blog. i didnt get what you asked…


Miss Qt said on May 7th, 2005 at 10:39 am :

Nice review! The movie sounds very interesting. I should go see it. Moreover, Nicole & Sean are great actors! (would really like to hear Ms Kidman speaking french! lol)

Au fait, voilà l’adresse de mon blog en français: http://spaces.msn.com/members/missqt85/

May 6, 2005 | The Interpreter Movie Review

Movie Review for The Interpreter (2005)

Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn
Rated: Rated PG-13
Runtime: 128 min

This is one of the more (if not the most) thrilling and enjoyable movies I’ve ever seen, and I would most certainly recommend it to anyone. It’s also remarkable in its (relative) lack of expletives and complete lack of sexual annuendos, something you’d come to expect in such a thriller. The action really picks up towards the end, but it’s necessary to understand what goes on before. Perhaps the more interesting aspect of the movie is the amount of realism it involves: it is the first movie to ever be filmed inside the United Nations (thanks to Pollack speaking to Kofi Annan), and a lot of the action has you wondering “How on earth was that done?” (i.e. Bus exploding, police and helicopter escort, Zuwanie airplane with Matobo logo, Zuwanie’s book).

The film follows the actions of Silvia Broome, (Nicole Kidman) an interpreter at the UN who speaks Ku, a tribal dialect of a fictional African nation of Matobo. She happens to overhear a plot to assasinate the nation’s leader, Dr. Edmond Zuwanie, a controversial political figure whose allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing calls him to defend his case in front of the General Assembly. However, Silvia’s personal background, as well as the fact that her family was killed by a landmine set by Zuwanie’s followers, mires her situation alongside Agent Keller, who is assigned to protect Zuwanie but then also must investigate, then later protect Silvia, who is evidently a threat to those who want Zuwanie dead. Moreover, it later becomes clear Silvia has an agenda and a purpose of her own. When one realises towards the end of the movie how much of an underground “plan” had been taking place, and how some of the guilty seem innocent at first, and those who are innocent appear guilty, it becomes a real thrill. I just loved Sean Penn acting as an agent with a microphone in his cuff ordering people around with all the power he has, and hearing Nicole Kidman speaking French with an awful accent is just the chance of a lifetime.

Though some scenes involved a level of coincidence that seems unreal at times, this is eclisped by the extent to which the movie is crafted and designed to make it seem altogether possible. I mean, by the end of the movie you just might as well look up in the CIA factbook if the Republic of Matobo exists or not. And Sean Penn, isn’t he supposed to be old? Someone must’ve oiled his joints or something cause he does some pretty sweet (and swift) stuff.

There are some ‘parallel’ scenes, where the action in one scene is similar and simultaneous to that in an another scene, and it often jumps back and forth, and this can create a bit of confusion at times, but it all becomes clearer later. I also liked that until the very end (even after, I had to see a few times over) one doesn’t know how exactly the action will unravel. There are subtle hints everywhere, but one can only reconnect them afterwards, and never before, making the action all the more exciting.

Is Zuwanie going to the UN to defend his allegations, saying that it was terrorists he had to fight, or does he have some other plan to vidicate his actions? Yours to enjoy. 10 out 10 for a really good movie.

Good quote that one could all learn from: “Vengeance is a lazy form of grief”

Transcript of Edmond’s dedication (sic as from the book):

“The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear. But the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else. Even when is not shouting. Even if it’s just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard –over armies– when it’s telling the truth.”

For those of you who have seen it, does anyone see a desperate cry for attention to the almost-assassination of Taiwan’s present prime minister, Chen Shui Ban? He got re-elected by a razor thin margin because he was “almost” assassinated, when there are serious flaws to the claim. There are some (relatively remote) similarities. Oh, and by the way, the Spanish subscript translation is awfully inadequate. Interesting twist, huh? The main website has more interesting background, but you better have a good Internet connection to get anywhere around that site.

This entry was posted on Friday, May 6th, 2005 at 7:05 pm, EST under the category of Movie Reviews. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.