A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.
Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The truth is that Sidney Pollack's career has been rather irregular. He's capable of doing very good movies ("Tootsie", "The Firm"), but he can as well make pure rubbish such as "Sabrina" or "Random hearts". You never know what to expect from him. Anyway, fortunately "The interpreter" is closer (in quality) to "The Firm" than to the remake of "Sabrina". It is a nice suspense film, and Pollack copes very well with this kind of products. "The interpreter" is no masterpiece, but this plot involving the Secret Service of the USA, the UN, and some African war lords is quite entertaining and it's been filmed such elegantly.
I wonder if it wouldn't have been much better to choose another actress to play the ex-guerrilla character. I mean, Nicoloe Kidman is a wonderful performer, she's always OK, but she doesn't look that much like a paramilitary. Sean Penn is OK too, as usual, but neither him nor Kidman have made the work of their lives in "The interpreter". They look like they're on the automatic pilot. It doesn't matter though, none of them have anything to prove at this stage.
*My rate: 6/10
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