Having heard an alarming message about a possible assassination plot at the UN office in New York, an interpreter Silvia Broome (Nocile Kidman) becomes the focal point of security agencies due to her past life in the same African state whose leader risks assassination at the UN. In this political thriller, Sean Penn stars opposite Kidman as Secret Agent Tobin Keller who has lost his family recently to an accident.
It is a tightly written and skillfully filmed script that engages the viewer from the opening scene right to the ending. Kidman brings Silvia Broome’s character to full life on screen, conveying with excellent spontaneity the suppressed conflict and battle of motives for either leading the leaked assassination plot or preventing it from happening. The scene wherein she explains Penn about her motive to save President Zuwanie is notably breathtaking, instantiating the power of her acting skills. The turns in the plot keep the viewer’s attention glued to Broome’s next move.
Sean Penn and the supporting cast have done well on the whole, though Penn’s height against Kidman’s keeps showing – perhaps a little distracting for the viewer with synoptic vision. One may suspect whether this was the reason the last scene was done with a standing Kidman before Penn sitting on a railing at a dock.
The Interpreter has notably good editing with hardly a single slack second in it. The African music played in background at times sounds complementary and boosting the effect of the intensity of Broome’s conflict.