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Academy Award® winner George Clooney is The American in this sexy suspense thriller from director Anton Corbijn. After a job ends more violently than expected, Jack (Clooney) retreats to the Italian countryside and accepts one last assignment to construct a deadly weapon for a mysterious contact. But when he pursues a relationship with a beautiful local woman, he may be tempting fate by stepping out of the shadows. Jack soon finds himself in an escalating battle to escape from his secretive past, in the film critics are calling “4 Stars! Riveting and irresistible!” (Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News)
Control's Anton Corbijn gives the crime film a distinctly European twist in this understated thriller (think The Day of the Jackal). A trim George Clooney plays Jack, a hit man who relocates from Sweden to Italy after assailants try to take his life. Jack's handler (Johan Leysen) advises him not to make any friends, which proves easier said than done. Ensconced in medieval Abruzzo, the assassin passes himself off as a photographer (in Martin Booth's novel, A Very Private Gentleman, he claimed to be an illustrator), but he's actually customizing an assault rifle for Mathilde (Thekla Reuten), his female counterpart. Upon his excursions through town, Jack meets Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), who senses he has something to confess--"A priest sees everything," he explains--but Jack would prefer to share a brandy. He also befriends Clara, a prostitute (Violante Placido, perfectly comfortable with onscreen nudity). What starts out as a sexual relationship deepens as Jack's sensitive side--he has a thing for butterflies--emerges, but then the Swedes discover his hiding place, and Jack develops doubts about his lady friends, leading to a showdown that plays like a scene from an old Western, a debt Corbijn acknowledges when Jack chances upon a broadcast of Once upon a Time in the West. If the conclusion doesn't cut as deep as the director intends, his admirable restraint throughout keeps the tension at a low boil, while Clooney tamps down his charisma to play a dogged professional with redemption on his mind. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Have we not yet figured out that previews show the best parts of a movie? Put too much into the preview and miss how good this film really is! Read morePublished 8 days ago by 1and1 Eleven
I was still waiting for something to happen at the one hour mark. What's with the zero personality? Why would a young, beautiful woman full of life spend five minutes with someone... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Boomatt
This ennui burdened film should be called “Il Americano.” It is made by Europeans for Europeans, mostly in Italy in winter by director Anton Corbijn, a very... Read more
George is at the top of his game!!! European style, so you have some frontal nudity!!! Didn't bother me a bit!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by ANDREW K. DUNCAN
I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. Had to buy it.Published 2 months ago by Ernst Jean-Pierre
Decent film, like the Italian scenery.
Has an old feel to it, 60-70 era.
Dialogue is understandable,
Clooney didn't make me hate it.