The International Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen Director: Tom Tykwer Perfectly capture the zeitgeist then water down its best elements for fear that it's too edgy for the masses. That's Tom Tykwer's The International, which begins with its intellectual and visceral guns blazing as we follow an Interpol agent's attempts to bring down a rogue financial institution. The International boasts an urgency that rivals the Bond and Bourne films, and Tykwer has made good use of vast, inhuman ultra-modernist architecture to illustrate the efforts of Louis Salinger (played by a dishevelled Clive Owen) to bring down a Luxembourg-based bank, which, among other things, serves as a clearing house for international crime. The International begins strongly and remains so for an hour. And then comes the shootout at the Guggenheim museum in New York, which, paradoxically, is the film's centrepiece and also the moment that heralds a downward spiral. The sequence is adrenalin-pumping action at its best, but it also steers the film into bombastic-thriller territory and away from the film's theme about the sprawling power of evil capitalist institutions. As if fearing the film couldn't really convey the moral ambivalence of the contemporary age, the story also parades a former Stasi veteran (played by Armin Mueller-Stahl) who has sold out on his ideals and sided with the moneyed monsters. The extras: Featurettes about the making of the film, the shootout at Guggenheim and the use of architecture, including one dedicated to the use of Volkswagen's Autostadt theme park in Wolfsburg as the bank's headquarters.