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The American [Blu-ray]
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'The American' is about cold-blooded professional "Jack" who, after being attacked in Sweden with his girlfriend (which ends violently but not the way you think) is directed by his associate to hide out in a small town in Italy. He ends up friending a priest and a prostitute and takes a job building/modifying a weapon for an assassin. Of course his old enemies catch up to him but the movie chooses more to focus on the main character's slow change from cold-professional to 'maybe' redeemable human being. There's some (very good) action and sex but the story's told in a very leisurely fashion with little dialogue. It's more about what's NOT said between and by characters that gives this movie it's weight and suspense.
The camera work in this film is stunning, and that's a good thing. With the action and unrevealing dialogue taking a back-seat the movies' long, beautiful shots of Italy really set the movie's mood well and gives the sense of isolation and seeming solitude for it's main character. The slow moving scenes of repetition involving the main character constructing a weapon and the brief word exchanges between the main character and another assassin (a terrific Thekla Reuten) perfectly reflects the mindset the film is in.
George Clooney took a big risk being cast in this film. It's unconventional and will easily put off his usual fans.Read more ›
I can completely understand why some do not like this film but I absolutely loved it. I thought it was so fascinating and so well crafted. It was shot so beautifully and felt so much like it could have been a film by Jean-Pierre Melville. I can easily understand any comparison to "Le Samourai" because they really are very similar. I couldn't disagree more with what a lot of critics have said about this but I can understand that is just isn't for everyone. For me, it is easily the best film I have seen so far this year.
The film opens with a prologue in snowy Sweden, where Jack (Clooney) is cottage-going. There's a twist here that has been spoiled in some reviews, but is most effective when you don't know about it, so I'll refrain from saying anything. The key is that it sends our assassin title character on a trip to a small Italian town to await his next assignment from his boss, Pavel (Johan Leysen). Soon, a new assignment arrives, in the form of assistance to another assassin (Thekla Reuten), and legacies of his last mission also begin to appear. Whiile there Jack ponders the state of his life, sort-of-befriends a priest (Paolo Bonacelli), and starts to fall in love with a really, really luscious prostitute (Violante Placido).
It's familiar material, but it's played well. The director knows how to use the camera effectively, positioning it in ways that keep the audience on guard for something about to happen. If I came away with a single impression, it was a strong desire to visit the town in which this was filmed, because it looks stunning.Read more ›
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Its a real shame this absolutely excellent movie doesnt get the props it deserves. This thriller puts most movies that are loaded with action to shame. Yes its that great. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Eric Wenzel
This movie like Clooney sucks. I am guessing the only reason he continues to get work is because he produces and directs his own crap.Published 26 days ago by Patricia
Enjoyable. Beautiful photography-great acting and suspenseful!! Love it. Very realistic. Ronald Turco, MDPublished 1 month ago by RONALD
I like it.. but no one else does. Its that kind of film, but I like Dr. Zhivago and no one likes that movie either.Published 1 month ago by Guy Madison
Watch this movie if you're in the mood to stare out a train window at extraordinarily beautiful scenery. This is absolutely not a thriller action movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by greetings
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