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The International | 2009 | R | - 3.8.5

An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) investigating the dealings of a bank he suspects of being involved with international organized crime is shocked when a man he is working with is murdered. As he uncovers evidence that links the murder to the bank, he begins to realize that exacting justice may require him to use unsavory means. Also with Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brian O. Byrne, Jack McGee, Felix Solis, Haluk Bilginer, James Rebhorn and Alessandro Fabrizi. Directed by Tom Tykwer. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - We see a male dead body on a morgue table and we see the bare chest and back, and a very quick glimpse of bare buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A nude male statue is seen with genitals, bare chest, abdomen and legs.
 A woman holds a man's hand (it seems more in friendship and consolation than romantic).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is shot in the head from a great distance, blood splatters, he falls to the floor and blood pools under his head while crowds of people scream and run (we see this scene a couple of times).
 A man is shot in the neck and throat and blood spurts and pours profusely (another man tries to stop the bleeding without a result). A man is shot in the chest several times (we see bloody holes open in his shirt); he is still alive, and he is then shot dead. A man is shot, falls down on a roof, he is still alive, and he is shot again at close range.
 Men shoot at each other in a crowded museum, many are struck, we see them twitch when bullets strike them, and one man falls over a balcony and crashes into two other balconies on the way to the ground where he lands hard and we see blood on the floor.
 A man is shot in the hand and the abdomen repeatedly (we see a lot of blood when his shirt is opened to reveal the wounds). A man is shot in the ear and we see a piece missing (blood drips).
 A large ornament hanging from a ceiling is shot loose and falls to the floor, crushing several men (we see them lying still).
 Two men fight briefly and one pushes his thumb into a bloody bullet wound in the other man's shoulder (we see blood and the man yells). A man elbows another man in the face.
 A man crosses a busy street, he is nearly struck by a bicyclist, but he is then struck in the head by the side mirror of a passing van and falls to the ground (we see blood on his head). A woman is struck by a car, and she rolls onto the windshield breaking it and back down to the street (she is seen later with a large, dark bruise on her shoulder).
 We see a dead body on a morgue table with eyelids taped shut and a toe tag; the body is rolled over and we see a red spot on the back. We see a dead man with a small bloody bullet hole in his chest.
 A man is shot repeatedly in the chest, and he falls to the floor (he is wearing a protective vest). A sniper prepares to shoot a man on a stage from a great distance, he shoots, and the target is not struck.
 A man has some sort of attack, he grabs his arm, he vomits (we see goo and hear him gagging), and he collapses to his knees and falls to the ground dead.
 Several large panes of glass are shot and shatter raining shards of glass on people below.
 A man grabs a woman by the throat, holds her briefly, and then let her go. A man with a gun threatens another man. A man with a gun chases a man in a car through busy streets.
 A man looks at a painting depicting the death of a man and says, "I like the look of agony." We see a newspaper report and hear people talking about a man dying in a car crash. A man talks about another man having been murdered by poison. A man talks about wanting another man to "Vanish without a trace." People discuss the sale of missile guidance systems, arms sales, and military coups in many scenes throughout the movie.

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LANGUAGE 5 - About 8 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane), 1 religious exclamation.

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SUBSTANCE USE - Two men smoke cigarettes in a car.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Organized crime, justice, life choices, witness protection, profiteering, control, assassination, protocol, Interpol, communism, sacrifice, betrayal, suicide, death of family members, destiny, trust, justice, collateral damage, redemption, burning bridges,
MESSAGE - Seeking justice at all costs can bring unexpected consequences.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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