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The International
(2009)

This flops yet the vacant Taken is making a mint? A gorgeous-looking film from Run Lola Run's Tom Tywker (who also directed Perfume, lovely to look at but it doesn't quite come together), and shot with precision and style. After the shaky incoherence of Marc Forster's work on Quantum of Solace they could do worse than draft Tywker in for the next Bond outing. 

There's an intelligent backbone to this "Clive takes down the evil bank" film, which make the lapses more disappointing. Such as Owen wandering around with his gun in plain view through crowds of people, or down the middle of a street packed with cars. 

There's also an outstanding shoot-out in the Guggenheim and end-credits that make it clear that, whatever the film's more outlandish flourishes, the makers have no illusions about how the world turns.

***1/2

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