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The Interpreter back to product details

So-So Interpretation of a Thriller
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written by talltale September 26, 2005 - 7:44 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Sometimes, after watching six or eight foreign, independent or low-budget movies in a row, it's nice to slip a classy, expensive Hollywood film in the DVD player, then sit back and revel. Nothing great is expected save some intelligent, slick moviemaking. For about an hour or so THE INTERPRETER manages this pretty well. But then pomposity and pretension combined with some poor plotting and writing takes over until the viewer eventually cries "Uncle."

This is one of those films in which a lead character says "I'm not lying!" when she is leaving certain facts out of the picture. Trouble is, she's leaving out so MANY facts that another entire movie or two could be manufactured around them. Why on earth would filmmakers as usually savvy as Sidney Pollack (director) and Anthony Minghella (co-producer) load down Kidman's character with a back story long and heavy enough to choke a horse?

The nod to Africa--the contempt of its dictators, the needs of its people--is appreciated, but finally this falls into the trap of being the usual excuse for suspense, thrills and shock. Of which, there are some. But since the film is half an hour too long, by its end you may be shouting at the screen, "Stop the babbling and just SHOOT somebody!" And this, coming from me--a confirmed pacifist.

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