The Interpreter

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"The truth needs no translation."
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 2 hr 8 min
  • 6.4  (109,919)
  • 62

The Interpreter is a political thriller movie released in 2005 directed by Sydney Pollack, and stars Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, and Catherine Keener. The movie features Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman), an interpreter at the United Nations in New York City. While Silvia is working late one night, she overhears a conversation in a language from her homeland, which leads her to believe that she has just witnessed a plot to assassinate the leader of a fictional African country called Matobo, who is about to give a speech at the U.N.

Silvia decides to alert the U.N. security officials about the conversation, but they are skeptical of her story because of her previous controversial involvement in Matobo's political affairs. As a result, Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), a Secret Service agent who is assigned to investigate the matter, is sent to interview Silvia. Tobin initially suspects that she might be the one behind the assassination plot, but Silvia maintains her innocence and continues to provide him with more intel about the situation.

As the investigation progresses, Tobin discovers that Silvia's life is at risk, and he is determined to keep her safe while continuing to gather more evidence. However, Tobin's job is made more complicated as he struggles to balance his duty as an investigating officer with his attraction towards Silvia. Meanwhile, the situation becomes even more complicated as the political affairs between Matobo and its neighboring country escalate, making the assassination threat even more plausible.

With The Interpreter, director Sydney Pollack takes us into the complex world of international politics and diplomatic relations, showcasing the inner workings of the U.N. and how it functions as an institution. As the story progresses, the audience gets to see how a diplomatic crisis between two countries is handled and how the different stakeholders in the U.N. come together to find a peaceful resolution to the problem.

The movie is visually captivating, with Pollack taking great care to use the New York City setting to create an atmosphere of tension and uncertainty. The color palette is predominantly dark, with muted colors, which helps to reinforce the sense of impending doom. The cinematography is excellent, with some stunningly shot scenes, particularly the aerial shots of New York City.

The performances in The Interpreter are top-notch, with Nicole Kidman delivering an impressive performance as Silvia Broome. Kidman's portrayal of Silvia, a woman caught between her past and present and struggling to do what is right, is one of the highlights of the movie. Sean Penn, on the other hand, is perfectly cast as Tobin Keller, the gruff Secret Service Agent who is determined to get to the bottom of the assassination plot. Both actors share a palpable on-screen chemistry, which adds an extra layer of tension to the plot.

Catherine Keener provides excellent support as the U.N. Police Commander Ferre, who is also investigating the plot. Her character brings a much-needed sense of calm and steadiness to the plot, and her interactions with both Silvia and Tobin are well-written and well-acted.

Overall, The Interpreter is a well-crafted thriller that delivers a satisfying viewing experience. With strong performances from the lead actors, stunning visuals, and a well-written plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this movie is definitely worth watching. It's a tense, intelligent and engaging thriller that will leave you with plenty to ponder long after the credits roll.

The Interpreter is a 2005 crime movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 8 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 62.

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