Clive Owen in The International

You may not have realized it, but Clive Owen hasn’t had (and won’t have) a film in theaters in 2008. Fans got some good news with the recent announcement of a sequel to his Spike Lee-helmed hit, Inside Man, but that movie won’t be released until 2010. If your hankering for some Owen can’t wait two years though, his newest movie, The International, hits theaters early next year. It’s an action thriller from director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume), and no, I hadn’t heard of it before today either. Watch the new trailer below.

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The plot seems more than a little convoluted and dense at first, at least to me anyway, but essentially it’s about an Interpol agent (Owen) going up against the World Bank (played in the film by the IBBC) and Apparently the bank has been funding coups, uprisings, terrorism, and more with the people’s money, and then killing anyone who discovers the truth. Whatever. The plot takes a back seat to the action in the film which looks surprisingly good. Tykwer isn’t exactly known for big, kinetic, action scenes, but it looks like he’s learned on the job rather quickly. Add to that the ideal role for Owen… bruised and battered, pissed off, a gun in one hand (the truly ideal Owen role would also include him fingering a stripper, but three out of four ain’t bad)… and The International may just kick ass. On a side note, the film’s official web site url is, which may mean the original title was Everybody Pays. Which is a hell of a lot more exciting and visceral than The International.

What do you think of the trailer for The International?

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