United Nations interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) overhears whispers about a plot to assassinate a tyrannical African leader on her home turf, and a multitude of conventional thriller plot devices take it from there. The attention to detail in The Interpreter, parts of which were actually shot at the UN, lifts it beyond the reaches of mediocrity. The film also succeeds in presenting Broome as more than a one-dimensional damsel who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But that doesn’t stop the logic car from constantly trying to derail the whole production – without giving anything away, let’s just say the film’s resolution couldn’t possibly hang by a thinner thread. Sean Penn also stars.

Extras: Alternate ending, deleted scenes, four behind-the-scenes features.

DVD Grade: B-