‘The American’ with George Clooney, A Movie Review from Cinema Static

by on April 16, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The American, starring George Clooney, is an artistic project following an assassin who is on his last assignment. It’s a reflection of a very human story buried inside a cold-hearted career. A story of a man who is in this line of work because its what he’s good at, not necessarily what he likes.

George Clooney in THE AMERICAN

The American from Focus Features, stars George Clooney, Violante Placido, & Thekla Reuten. It’s directed by Anton Corbin (Control) and written by Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later).

George Clooney, who brings his character to life in a myriad of projections, is the assassin who tries to retire or hide from his profession, but alas, that’s not possible as “the Swedes” find him.

He contacts his handler who sends him to another town and gives him one more job. But alas, it’s not quite that simple. Johan Leysen plays his handler, Violante Placido plays Clara, the prostitute that Clooney becomes smitten with, and Thekla Reuten plays another contract killer that Clooney works with.

THE AMERICAN, with Violante Placido

The American is not an action flick, it’s a journey. A journey that surprisingly sucks you in with a deep-rooted sense of anticipation using drama, settings and character interaction that promises something just around the corner with almost every scene. And yet, with so little action, I’m surprised I was sucked in like I was. Almost all the action in the movie is in the trailers!

But if you’re a George Clooney fan, you’ll love the role he delivers to you in this film and the various stages of his character’s journey.

Throughout the film, we see director Corbin’s artistic approach to the project peppered throughout with scenes that show more of the location than the actor… some of the framing is pretty interesting, that’s for sure.

THE AMERICAN, with Thekla Reuten

If you like artistically delivered stories with deep developed characters and a rather poignant ending, then this movie is for you.

If you want more action than art, you’re not getting it here. Though you should be warned that this might not be the movie to rent for the entire family, if you’re into artistic stories. In the middle act, there’s a lot of ‘skin’ and related items.

If I were to score The American on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d go with an 8 because I’m not normally intrigued by artistic film endeavors and yet this movie delivered enough suspense throughout to do just that for me, the action-loving movie-goer. Go figure.



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