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Some filmmakers improve with age. Clint Eastwood is one and fellow actor/director/producer Sydney Pollack is another. Both in their 70s, they continue to make interesting and sometimes quite powerful films that speak to a broad audience. The Way We Were (1973) and Tootsie (1982) might be two of Pollack?s most commercially successful films, but it was an early feature that established him as a political force to be reckoned with. Featuring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, mega-stars of the day, Three Days Of The Condor (1975) was a taut, post-Watergate CIA spy thriller. It dripped with intrigue, sexual tension and a palpable, paranoid sense of the time. Forget the X-Files; ?trust no-one? was a term founded in 1970s American cinema by young lions such as Francis Coppola, with movies like The Conversation (1973), Alan J. Pakula?s surveillance classic Klute (1971) and of course Pollack?s Three Days.The Interpreter takes Pollack squarely back to that time and to that film.Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn headline this prescient political thriller, set ? and shot - inside the United Nations. (It is the first film ever to be granted permission to shoot in the official East Manhattan headquarters in New York City). Kidman plays enigmatic UN translator Silvia Broome who, late one night, overhears a plot to assassinate an African delegate about to arrive from her South African home. Secret Service agent Tobin Keller ? acting great Sean Penn - is assigned to Broome?s case. He ?s suspicious of her and she?s frustrated with him. Then things really start to hot up?The Interpreter is a thorny thriller and Pollack certainly hasn?t lost his touch. He confidently juggles contemporary ideas within the paranoid thriller genre he helped pioneer, recalling Three Days with its intrigue and The Conversation with characters and story. Unfortunately though Kidman is miscast as Broome. Her performance as the film?s central character is nowhere near as commanding as it should have been. (Hackman?s Harry Caul was a similarly drawn, quiet and reserved character, a man who didn?t like words. But he smouldered as the pressure built up in the story around him). Even alongside Penn?s best efforts ? he conveys pain so well - Kidman?s rigid China Doll routine works to dull the proceedings. Which takes the shine off what otherwise is an at times a tense thriller with an intelligent and well-written script. That said, Kidman does deliver a great performance in Birth coming out in a couple of weeks. But had an actress with a bigger range been given the task ? say Julianne Moore - The Interpreter would have been the film it should have.