The American

On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack (George Clooney) declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him. Although duty will surely call, Jack becomes friends with Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and falls for villager Clara (Violante Placido) in this suspense thriller directed by Anton Corbijn.

Rating: 5 out of 10

I think I liked “The American.” It wasn’t what I thought, but, I didn’t hate it.

It started with George Clooney and a gun fight, so I thought it was going to be an action-packed movie. Even the poster shows Clooney on the run. But, it is not an action movie.

There’s a lot of quiet waiting and even the gunfight scenes are quick and clean. Clooney hides out, waiting for his next assignment, in a small Italian village where he befriends a priest and a prostitute.

There’s something very cool about the movie, but also something missing. Some sort of … energy, I guess. I don’t think Clooney smiles once. There’s no levity.


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