Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Movie Review: The International (Spoiler alert)

Why am I reviewing this movie, The International?

Well, it's because it's also shot in Guggenheim Museum, New York! In fact, there was a gun-fight scene during this movie. This got me curious whether they had to recreate the entire set of the museum? The way they shot all over the spiral ramp at the rotunda... and also the clerestory!!

Here is an excerpt to what actually happened:

A gunfight between Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and assassins in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City is made even more thrilling by the art museum’s concentric architecture. In an interview with The New York Times, director Tom Twyker explains that he wanted the movie’s central scene (and most demanding sequence) to be in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum, which he calls “the most iconic and interesting piece of architecture that the twentieth century has produced. After filming for three days in the actual Guggenheim, the actors went to a soundstage where the crew had spent 16 weeks building a replica of the museum to ensure that no artwork would be harmed in the making of the film.

The crazed shoot-'em-up takes place at the Guggenheim Museum during business hours. The Guggenheim set was recreated on a huge sound stage in Berlin and a disclaimer at the end of the film states: "The fictional exhibition depicted in the main galleries of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was not curated by nor an actual exhibition of the museum.

Actually, I only caught this film half way through and was only intrigued with the shoot-out in the museum. Googling about it makes the creation of the scene interesting. But the movie ended in a so-so note... so I can't really review about it. 

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