The Interpreter

While the African leader is giving his speech to the General Assembly, an assassin in an overhead booth attempts to shoot him. Keller and the other agents spot him, and he is shot dead before firing his weapon. However, the assassination plot was phony and planned by the corrupt African leader and his allies to garner world sympathy and win political support. The hired 'assassin' was dying of AIDS and was only doing this to get money for his family. Just before all this is revealed, the African leader was rushed to a safe room and locked inside alone. Silvia, who has been hiding inside the room, grabs his gun and wants to kill him. His political regime was responsible for the death of her parents, sister, and brother. Agent Keller gets into the room and persuades Silvia not to shoot the leader, and she surrenders. Afterwards, Silvia is not charged with any crime, but she is deported to Africa.

Plot hole: Toward the end of the movie, it is revealed that Silvia spent the night in the secure room where the Matabo President was taken after the assassination attempt so that she could be alone with him and threaten to kill him. With the U.N. and Secret Service on alert for an assassination attempt, wouldn't they have swept the secure room right before the Matabo President arrived that day? In addition, Silvia would have had to use her access card to get in that area of the building, so there would be a record of her being in the building but not at her station. Wouldn't that raise some suspicion long before Tobin figures it out?

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Tobin Keller: You lose somebody, you lose somebody. I don't wanna lose two somebodies.

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Question: When Sylvia is reading through Simon's book, she writes down that Simon died, etc. Then she started to write "Sylvia". Why?

Jason Feng

Chosen answer: At this point, she has set her mind on killing the African leader and knows she'll likely be killed immediately afterwards (police, bodyguards, etc). She's writing her name in anticipation of her death.

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