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by The Maven and The
Sydney Pollack has actually produced more hits
than he's directed. But moviegoers, with The
Interpreter, Pollack as the executive producer and
director once again comes through with shining
colors! To add to the realism and scope of this
film, Sydney (or Sid as we like to call him), convinced
Secretary General Kofi Annan to let him use the United
Nations headquarters on weekends, including the Security
Council, lobby, conference rooms and gardens. (Hey,
Maven, does that mean we are not safe or protected on
the weekends if those rooms are not being used)? (Blonde
as you are…No! I think you are referring to the
Pentagon). Not even Hitchcock had the privilege of using
them for his picture, North by Northwest!
Sylvia Broome, REGALLY portrayed by Nicole
Kidman (Dogville and The Stepford Wives), is an
interpreter at the United Nations. Unfortunately, she
overhears what sounds like the planning of an
assassination of Ziwanie, an African dictator played by
Earl Cameron (villain in James Bond’s Thunderball).
Sylvia reports what she hears to the Secret Service and
naturally expects to be believed. (Don't we all?) Enter
Tobin Keller… a rather gloomy, hard case, federal agent
starring Sean Penn (Mystic River, 21 Grams and Madonna's
ex-husband). Keller has his doubts as to her motive,
even though a polygraph shows her to be truthful, but
under stress (Well, aren't we all?). The lovely Sylvia
grew up in Motobo under Zuwanie's rule. A supporter of
his, Sylvia became quite disillusioned with his rule
when she saw her parents killed. (Well, who
wouldn’t?) Agent Keller and his partner Dot Woods,
played by Catherine Keener (The Ballad of Jack and Rose
and wife of the HUNKY Dermot Mulroney), are assigned to
protect and investigate Sylvia.
Pollack, as he
does in most of his films, has a small role as the head
of the Secret Service. With The Interpreter, he doesn't
overindulge in action and fire play. Instead, he used
violence to keep the air heavy with the threat and
stages scenes so they seethe with tension. He also
doesn't bog us down with a useless romance, as there is
never enough time for it with all the action the
characters experience. (Why not, though! The rest of us
have to squeeze romance into our hectic days!). Check
out this film for yourselves, and find out all the
Blonde: It is a pleasure to see a quality movie, as it
feels like it has been so long. The Interpreter was like
Three Days of the Condor meets Day of the Jackal meets
Witness. To begin with, Maven, it was fascinating for me
when they spoke in that African language. I actually was
able to understand every word.
Maven: Okay, to begin with, Blonde, NO YOU DIDN'T
because they made the language up for this movie. It was
Blonde: Oh, okay then, no wonder I was able to
understand every word! It was fun to see Nicole
not have to lose her accent completely for a film. The
South African accent is closer to her own. I have to
say, when she started her acting career, I thought she
was an ice queen and I didn't really enjoy her all!
Through the years, she has proven me dead wrong and is a
brilliant actress and a true Hollywood star. She is
spectacular in every role she takes on, whether it be a
serious drama or a comedy. Nicole simply displays truth
and honesty in her eyes alone!
Maven: It wasn't until the film was over that I realized
most of the violence was hinted at rather than actually
shown. Except for the bus scene, there were no loud
explosions or pyrotechnics. An intelligent, political,
complex script with some terrific actors, very little
special effects and NO SEX.
Blonde: You can always spot a Sydney Pollack film just
by the intelligent script and the pacing. The bus scene
and the after-effects you referred to were incredibly
realistic. This film not only displayed wonderful
acting, but super directing, exciting editing, great set
direction and creative designs. To change the topic a
bit… is it me or did Nicole look particularly
Maven: It was the blonde wig.
Blonde: I KNEW THAT WASN'T HER REAL HAIR! I thought it
looked like extensions. Moving right along, I LOVED Sean
Penn AND his character in this picture. He was kind,
protective, caring and gentle. It was a please seeing
him play a serious, yet passive, role. He usually plays
an over-the-top, enraged, angry character. I also loved
him in Sam I Am. He is such a breathtaking and
Maven: I think you are mixing up Dr. Seuss with Sean
Penn in the film I Am Sam! Catherine Keener added much
needed spice in her too few scenes. Her effortless
sarcasm was refreshing. I always wondered what drew a
gorgeous guy like Dermot to marry such a plain-looking
woman. Did you know that, for years, she has been best
friends with Brad Pitt?
Blonde: Yes, of course I knew, Brad told me. Maven, I
don't know this for sure but I think Brad is leaving me
for Angelina Jolie. But why, I ask you, why? And…I don't
see what the adorable Dermot (My Best Friend’s Wedding)
sees in Catherine. As far as her role in this film, she
did nothing for me. She actually just blended in. If you
want to see REAL sarcasm, speak with my daughter! She
owns sarcasm. Maven, Nicole is so SKINNY! Do you think
she eats AT ALL? I don't think she has EVER tasted
Maven: NUH-AUH! I can tell you first-hand that she
shares MY passion for Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.
However, she hides it better than I do!
Blonde: I'm glad you said it and not me. Anyway…skinny
or not, she's so pretty. Nicole even looked great with
her face all cut up and bloody. (Ladies, Clinique
has a great cover-up for this sort of thing).
Maven: I agree about Nicole's beauty, that is. Blonde, I
hear James Caan is getting a divorce.
Blonde: Oh, who is he divorcing?
Blonde: Very funny.
Maven: The Interpreter will appeal to men and women
alike. The subject matter is very current, what with the
political mayhem surrounding the U.S. and the United
Nations as well as the genocide that's REALLY taking
place in South Africa. I rate it a B for best
intelligent, political, thriller of the year so far.
Blonde: I agree with all your above statements. I would
like to rate it higher because I thoroughly enjoyed this
picture. It was exciting, interesting, realistic, and
keeps the viewers attention. However, I too rate The
Interpreter a B.
your snacking pleasure, I recommend Life Savers to go
with the theme of the picture. Enjoy!
Movie-goers: A few upcoming movies to look for are Must
Love Dogs and The Perfect Man. (WHERE? WHERE? WHERE IS
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