I can think of at least three reasons to buy this film. Primarily, the cinematography of this film makes it a worthwhile watch. The shots of New York City are not revolutionary but are effective. Secondly, the acting by the cast is formidable. Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman are engaging as their performances are rarely ever stale. Thirdly, Director Sydney Pollack (Three Days of the Condor (1975) arranges a topical and intriguing yarn. However, I am disappointed about the clarity of the sequence of events. I definitely have a few reservations regarding specific plot segments.

The Interpreter immerses us in the world of global conspiracies, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. African born Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is a translator at the United Nations. One night after the UN is closed Silvia overhears a conversation about what she believes may be a plot against the dictator (Earl Cameron) of her native country.

The next day Silvia reports the previous night’s event to the U.S. Secret Service. Agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) is assigned to the case. Keller has his qualms about Sylvia’s truthfulness yet he eventually believes her. The rest of the film presents countless twists and turns, so watch carefully.

Bonus Features:

  • Alternate Ending (2:59)
  • 3 Deleted Scenes (2:20)
  • Sydney Pollack at Work: From Concept to Cutting Room (10:02)
  • Interpreting Pan & Scan vs. Widescreen (5:09)
  • The Ultimate Movie Set: The United Nations (8:04)
  • A Day in the Life of Real Interpreters (8:18)
  • Theatrical Trailer