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THE INTERPRETER

 
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At Theaters: 4/22/2005 On Video: 10/4/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 8 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449947
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A U.N. translator overhears a death threat against an African head of state. Soon her life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. She is placed under the protection of a federal agent who digs into her past and become suspicious that she might be involved in the conspiracy.
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Suspense Thriller - This is a thriller aimed largely at an older audience--and its slow pace and talkiness, particularly in the first half, will be a disappointment for those expecting high-tension suspense. Acting and performance rule the day here, not suspense scenes nor action sequences (though there is one big explosion).
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nicole Kidman BIRTH, THE STEPFORD WIVES, COLD MOUNTAIN
Sean Penn MYSTIC RIVER, I AM SAM, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
Catherine Keener SIMONE, FULL FRONTAL, DEATH TO SMOOCHY
Dir/Prod: Sydney Pollack RANDOM HEARTS
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Setting the Story
About The Characters
Shooting a Thriller
The Visual Design
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PROFANITY: 5 S-words, 2 GD's, a couple of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sexy dancing; no nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some bloody shootings; bloody dead bodies.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: One big explosion; some gunplay and chases.
COMEDY: None.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good This is a finely balanced and crafted motion picture. Despite the PG-13 rating, which will allow admittance to audiences of all ages, Pollack and his screenwriters appear to have crafted this picture with adults in mind.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good What I admire most about the film is the way it enters the terms of this world -- of international politics, security procedures, shifting motives -- and observes the details of all-night stakeouts, shop talk, and interlocking motives and strategies.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average With major stars, a name director and grown-up subject matter, this middling drama is less a movie to recommend with vigor than to covet on general principles.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 253 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
24
High
92%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
33
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
71
High
90%
30+Adults (F)
104
High
97%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 253 moviegoer opinions. VERY GOOD OPINIONS! The adult "Fantastic" opinions are a bit low, but there are lots of "Excellent" and "Very Good" opinions. This tells me that "The Interpreter" is certainly a very good movie, but probably not a great movie. The very low percentage of "Good" and lower opinions tells me that virtually everyone is going to enjoy "The Interpreter."


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The escalating events begin when African-born U.N. translator Silvia Broome (Kidman) alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller (Penn), Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitness' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her.

Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late.

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