"What seems to us more important, more painful, and more unendurable is really not what is more important, more painful and more unendurable, but merely that which is closer to home. Everything distant, which for all its moans and muffled cries, its ruined lives and millions of victims, that does not threaten to come rolling up to our threshold today, we consider endurable and of tolerable dimensions."
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star as an obsessed Interpol investigator and the NYC DA based on actual facts of the effort to go after the International banker to terrorists. The bank CEO was fired in Europe one day, appeared as the head of the Bank of Ukraine the next morning.
The genial family man banker defends his behavior with "if you get me, there are 100s waiting in line behind me to take my place."
The profitability of war debt to control politicians, selling war armaments to both sides of a conflict, and the bankers who finance the sales is a chilling action thriller, against the architecture of modernist Stasi Germany Lyon Mussolini's Rome, run down NYC's Guggenheim Museum, cisterns below and Grand Bazaar roofs wedged between the medieval Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul.
Bonus Features: full film commentary, making of feature, architectural sites, slide show of the actual bank under investigation.
Would definitely recommend The International full film commentary, a refreshing to listen to literate conversation in the public domain akin to BBC Foyle's War series fact based murder mysteries woven around archives of the British Imperial Museum curated by Terry Charman historian, Mass Observation Project diaries of ordinary UK citizens from 1937 to the present, archival newspaper reports, radio broadcasts, police records and trial transcripts of UK pre-WWII through the Cold War. Humor, historical truth, secrecy, politics, envy vanity power maximizing profits, diplomacy sacrifice. FDR described Stalin as a humorous drinking partner, charming host and social butterfly who never kept a promise vs Churchill taciturn stiff upper lip who could be depended upon to keep his word.