Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The American (2010) R - 3 Stars

Aka: A Very Private Gentleman and L' Americano. While this is an okay action adventure, I felt it just didn't tell a good story. Too many questions go unanswered for example, why did the first girl have to die? With a James Bond sort of feel, Clooney is decent playing the American assassin but sort of boring too. There is no character development with him to make a connection and the movie just adds a lot of other stuff in to burn film. First he looks like a loving husband, then he hires strippers for no commitment but asks for the same girl and he allows a priest to ask a lot of questions about him. I don't blame the bad direction on Clooney's performance it just never feels convincing to me. Reminded me too much of so many other movies and I'm generous with 3 stars. It is filmed in a cool little town.

On assignment in Sweden, Jack (George Clooney), is on the run after an assassination attempt gone wrong. Barely escaping with his life, mob associate Pavel (Johan Leysen), helps him flee to a small Italian town to hide. Jack has decided he wants out of the business and Pavel gives him one last assignment; to build a high tech long range gun that can fit in a small case for a Belgian marks woman Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). As he works on the project, he finds himself becoming more comfortable to living around people as he befriends Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli). The town is small and Father Benedetto is a wise priest with common sense. Jack also starts frequenting a local stripper named Clara (Violante Placido). He returns to her often and even sees her outside of work. This once private man finds new romance with Clara if he can pull off this last commitment.

Focus Features, This and That, Greenlit, Smokehouse Production
Director: Anton Corbijn
Writer: Rowan Joffe
Producers: Ann Wingate, Jill Green, Grant Heslov
I viewed 1/11

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