Overall Rank: 11398
Average Rating: 2.3/4
# of Ratings: 81
Theatrical Release Date: 04/22/2005
Genre: Crime, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Sydney Pollack
Actors: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal, George Harris
Plot: A female interpreter overhears a conversation about an assassination in a rare African dialect. As the plot unfolds and details on her personal life emerge, she becomes both witness and suspect. -- Chris Kavan
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goodfellamike - wrote on 10/23/2008
Skillful, efficient thriller which wisely avoids romantic entanglements, but its slow pace will make most viewers restless. Final Grade: B-
Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/01/2008
Despite the good casting, a great location and an interesting story, it feels like somethings missing. There should be intrigue, but it never gets that exciting. Adequate, but nothing spectacular.
GGauthier - wrote on 10/18/2007
Not bad, but not good enough. The subject is good, so it's the plot. Both actors do their jobs perfectly, and the suspense is well created. But something fails in the script, wich is not surprising sin Pollack is actually not a good filmmaker, so, add to that a bad script and the result will be a very soft movie. Not solid at all.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2012
An interpreter overhears a plot to assassinate an African dictator and is assigned a burnt out cop (is there any other kind?) to protect her. The Interpreter is exactly what I was expecting. A cast of actors on auto-pilot, going through the motions of political intrigue in a factory-farmed Hollywood thriller that seems to have been regurgitated onto the multiplex conveyor belt by a script-writing machine. Penn and Kidman are suspicious at first, bond, share, have a will-they-won't-they scene, the plot twists on cue, there's an earnest race against time and a dash of dramatic irony at the end. Pure film making by numbers, the end result is a big flavourless, colourless bag of meh that I ended up wishing was a bit worse than it was. At least then it would've been more interesting.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/15/2012
Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an interpreter involved in a death threat of a foreign leader. Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) and Dot Woods (Catherine Keener) are from the secret service who investigates the interpreter and safeguard Edmond Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), president of Matobo. Somebody approaches the place of Silvia on a mask gesturing a “be quiet” sound. Despite the upbeat soundtrack, the pace of the picture was a bit slow because of the romantic angle between Silvia and Keller. The movie had some good lines such as: Silvia – “Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.” Keller – “You never had time for a lot of things.” Alternate ending wasn’t that thrilling as well. The Interpreter serves a good message if only it were more interesting.
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/02/2008
United Nations South African interpreter "Silvia Broone," who inteprets in the UN General Assembly for the (fictional) South African country, "Motobo," who overhears a conversation while getting her things she had to leave behind when the building was evacuated earlier in the day. The conversation just happens to be in in the "Motobo" dialect.
The conversation she hears, through an open mic on the General Assembly floor, is about an assassination. It takes her a few seconds to realize the conversation is about killing the "Motobo" leader. She then goes to report the conversation to her UN superiors, who contacts the Secret Service to help protect and escort the "Motobo" leader to the UN. Secret Service Agent "Tobin Keller," a widower for a little over two weeks, is put in charge of …
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