The American (2010)

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Hollywood
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The American

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.


Anton Corbijn


Rowan Joffe (screenplay), Martin Booth (novel)



Belive it or not..I hadn’t even seen the movie’s trailor before I saw the movie. But yeah I had known about the movie for quite long. Was expecting another action thriller Bond type movie. But the movie is exactly opposite to my or lets say everyone’s expectations. The ads and marketing of the film falsely suggest this is an action film, and that is a great disservice both to the film and to the audience. It is almost the opposite of action: it’s a quiet, introspective film.
As usual in this kind of film, there is not a lot of backstory. We never find out exactly where Jack(George Clooney) came from, how he found his job as an assassin, why he would take such a job, etc. But that’s not really the point. We never really find out much about the back story on the other characters, either. I think we actually found out more about the priest.

Don’t expect any CGI or amazing action scenes. It’s just not that kind of film.

This is not a movie that will appeal to everyone, even fans of George Clooney, who is in almost every scene. His famous smile and immense charm are totally absent in a tight, quite role as the assassin-cum-gunsmith Jack/Edward/Mr Butterfly. But I really admired this brave move away from the usual Hollywood stuff which has a genuinely different pacing plus look and sound. Those without patience and depth of thought of well worn movie-goers will likely be disappointed.

So if you’re expecting a fast-moving, action-packed thriller, forget it. After a dramatic pre-title sequence, there is more than an hour of a quiet, slow build up to the retributive finale.

All this said, I found the movie average. It just wasn’t what I expected. And that dissapointed me. Besides George Clooney’s acting and the beautiful love-story between Jack n the hooker Clara(Violante Placido), the movie doesn’t impress much(probably because I was expecting something else).But I can say the movie is worth a watch just for the beautiful cinematography and great acting.


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