Monday, May 02, 2005

The Interpreter

Caught Sydney Pollock's new movie The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn.

Many of the film's sequences were filmed on location, inside the UN complex -- courtesy Shashi Tharoor (UN's under secretary-general for communications and public information).

Setting aside our mirth at the embattled UN needing Nicole Kidman to rescue its public image, we must note that the film itself is quite bad. Much like the UN, The Interpreter fails its high ambition. Its caricature of Africa -- her zen-like tribal wisdom, her savaged & savage children -- is trite to the extreme.

The only redeeming feature of the movie: gorgeous aeriel shots of mid-town Manhattan's skyline, including the First Avenue apartment building where this blogger lives!!!

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