The American

2010

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

114
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 66%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 84606

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George Clooney as Jack / Edward
Thekla Reuten as Mathilde
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Reviewed by Floated2 3 / 10

Slow and misses the mark

The American seemed to have been praise from several critics and some fans alike. However, this film appears to be more of an acquired taste. It was relatively a success at the box office, mainly because of the George Clooney's starpower back then. This film feels at times very slow and there is much silence between the characters where it tries to build of suspense and tension but nothing seems to hit. Having been compared to the Bourne films, the American isn't on that level, as this film is quite boring in some sense and doesn't offer much of anything new. The scenery is quite nice and the acting is fine but overall, the film isn't that engaging and interesting.

Reviewed by eric262003 5 / 10

The Poster Can Be Misleading

After an assassination hit in Sweden goes awry, American hit-man Jack is hiding out in the Abruzzo regions of Italy known for it authentic renaissance settings. While there he's back on the prowl under the command of his accomplice Pavel (Johan Leysen) to build a special weapon for an esoteric contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Jack is befriended by a local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and also falls smitten for a beautiful call girl Clara (Violante Placido) at first it was for monetary purposes but later the love becomes more genuine.

When I first saw the poster of "The American", I was expecting an espionage thriller in the same veins as James Bond or Jason Bourne as we see George Clooney sporting a black suit and a flannel shirt with its collar to the neck as he's hoisting a gun with his right hand looking ready to take down some enemies in his quest for survival. In the background there is also a female face which truly has that classical vibe that were expecting a powerful assassination fighting to save the world from evil.

But the Bond-like spy thriller we were expecting from director Anton Corbijn (who directed the film "Control" based off of troubled musician Ian Curtis of Joy Division) is not to be featured. This is essentially noteworthy because the average moviegoer who'll expect to see something, but instead sees something by way of contrast can be virtually upsetting.

Corbijn has unleashed what novelist Martin Booth identified under the subliminal baggage that Jack has under his belt. Clooney does everything he can to make Jack into this gloomy, down-trodden character that appropriately matches the atmosphere of this film. In spite of the poster that spells action, there's hardly any of that, however introspection makes a fine replacement which works well in a book, but hard to execute in a film. If that's not enough, the film makes not a lot of sense with the ending being completely incoherent.

The esoteric characters are quite the overkill as we don't know their motives and we don't know their reasons just as we can't fully comprehend why Jack does what hes does but all we can figure out is that his accomplice Pavel (Johan Leysen) materializes to give Jack orders and where to do them.

It's not like there's anything bad that our leading protagonist has some mysterious ways about him, but it's just baffling because he ends up in a situation that defies anything fully explained once the film ends which is very unsatisfying. It just all boils down to watching a film with zero intentions except for filming in an exotic location with mysterious activities are happening.

Corbijn spends a substantial amount of airtime going through excessive detail of Jack assembling high-tech killing machinery which results in the perfect mandatory weapon for Jack as he tests his toy with his ally Mathilde (Thekla Reuten) who's the one had ordered it. There is some ironic intentions as we reach the climactic moments in the film, but since those scenes seem to be be muddled, the effort is greatly ignored.

Though the negatives outweigh the positives, there are some good things about "The American". For one, the romantic angles between Jack and call girl Clara (Violante Placido) are very eloquent. Placido is very impressive in her performance as she brightens up a rather dreary movie. The other great trait that makes this movie not complete garbage was the opening scenes which takes place in the frosty winter settings in Sweden. But there's no denying there is more to dislike about the film because we don't fully know or understand what every character is doing. The mood is stamped on the atmosphere of moodiness, and the film will likely inspire you to read the book to get a better understanding of what's going on.

Even though "The American" was adapted from Martin Booth's novel "A Very Private Gentleman", I'm sure the late author must be rolling in his grave with utter disgust after the debauchery Corbijn, Clooney and company had done to his novel. It's both unsatisfying and incoherent.

Reviewed by qmtv 1 / 10

Just imagine if Lucio Fulci directed this movie, we may have something.

George Clooney is not a bad actor, but realistically not great.

But, this movie is boring. Imagine if we had a 70s Gallo director directing, without the Hollywood according department involvement. Maybe Tarantino.

No, we get boredom. Writing and directing sucks. Acting is fine.

Check out: don't torture a duckling, last man on earth, white zombie, Messiah of Evil, anything from fulci.

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