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The Interpreter
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Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Better to leave them at home.
Date Movie: Good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: It's PG-13, nothing bad.
Gratuitous Violence: Gunfire and dead bodies.
Action: Chasing and running do happen.
Laughs: There's a chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: How everyone ends up on the bus.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: Sydney Pollack
Produced By: Tim Bevan, Kevin Misher, Eric Fellner

The Interpreter
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

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A Review by
The Dude on the Right

Okay, let me just get this off of my chest. With Nicole Kidman, sometimes I just think she is okay. Pretty, but nothing special. Other times I find her stunning, amazing, and one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her in "The Interpreter" was the latter. As I got more and more engrossed in the movie, another thought kept coming to mind Ė namely she was smokiní hot. I donít know if was her hair, the glasses she would wear, or what, but damn, she looked fabulous. Alright, enough of my lusting after Nicole, letís get to the movie.

I had high hopes for "The Interpreter," although Iíve never been a huge star of Sean Penn, other than, well, his finest performance in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." I can tell you this, I was not disappointed.

For the story youíve got Nicole Kidman as Silvia and, well, sheís an interpreter. She works at the United Nations and late one night, after coming back after hours, she overhears a conversation in this obscure African tribal language about the potential for an assassination of this dastardly leader of Matobo named Zuwanie. At first she isnít sure what the meaning of what she heard, but then in having to act as an interpreter during a closed-door negotiation with the Matobo ambassador and the US person, she realizes what she heard. Enter Sean Penn as Tobin. At first he is assigned to her just to find out information to be able to protect Zuwanie, but after a couple of incidents against Silvia, well, now heís trying to protect her. The problem is that she has a past that she really doesnít want to explain, and yes, it does deal with Zuwanie and Matobo.

From there we get a fantastic movie of mystery and intrigue. In a perfect pace we learn a little more and a little more about Silvia and her past, there is the natural progression of Tobin developing feelings for Silvia, and there is still the wonder of who is trying to kill Zuwanie, which director Sydney Pollack does a fantastic job of not really giving anything away until the end plays out. He leaves just enough hints dangling at the wealth of possibilities of who plans to off the man, but never does a bad foreshadowing that would give the ending away.

The trailers for the movie give you just enough idea of what the movie is about, so if those left you just the little bit intrigued, Iím pretty sure you will enjoy "The Interpreter" as much as I did. I donít have to say again, but I will, that Nicole Kidman was fantastic in this movie, but I also thought Sean Penn was fantastic, with his character having its own misfortunes that get revealed at exactly the right moments.

For "The Interpreter" Iím giving 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. Finally a great thriller that doesnít foreshadow itself away.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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