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Not a Thriller,
This review is from: The American (DVD)
With all the advanced advertizing for this movie, my wife and I rented The American and anticipated a fun evening watching an entertaining thriller. That was not what occurred.
The American is not a "thriller", but a slow moving crime story. This film is similar to the "Spaghetti Westerns" made popular by Clint Eastwood in the 1960s, in that it has a slow moving plot, little dialogue, and highly symbolic scenes and gestures. It is a character story with a moral.
George Clooney stars as Jack, an assassin who is growing tired of his profession. After being ambushed near a lake in Sweden, Jack flees to a remote village in Italy. He functions with a false name, and takes what he hopes to be his last job, making an assault rifle for a colleague.
Jack encounters two characters who attempt to reform him: a priest and a prostitute. The priest, Father Benedetto, played by Paolo Bonacelli, senses that he is a criminal (a sinner who still intends to sin) but listens to him and accepts and befriends him.
The prostitute, Clara, played by Violante Placido, provides him with comfort and understanding. Clara offers Jack unconditional love and Jack slowly falls for her.
The American is a film for a few. The typical viewer may leave during the middle of the movie or wonder why they stayed. Those who love character studies will likely enjoy the film. I rate this film average.
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Initial post: Jan 23, 2011 1:25:25 AM PST
H. Schneider says:
I am one of the few then, I rather liked it, but not with enthusiasm, more on 4 stars level
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 1:16:26 PM PST
I could see that. I liked it as a character study, and as a story with a moral.
Thank you for your comment.
BTW, H., I might have liked it even better if it were set in the Black Forest area of Germany (I love the scenery there)
Posted on Feb 8, 2011 11:21:05 AM PST
That's a pretty good review. having seen this, I think you sum up the movie well.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2011 5:00:03 PM PST
Thank you, Yoda, for your comment.
Posted on Feb 13, 2011 9:32:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 13, 2011 9:42:13 AM PST
Jason Bean says:
Good review. The only reason I would still consider this film a thriller is that to me it gives the impression the main character could be attacked at any moment. Not a typical thriller obviously but I thought most scenes had an edge of suspense to them (if just slightly). I agree it's definitly more a character piece, though and not what most people would consider thrilling.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2011 4:00:34 PM PST
Good observation! I had not thought of it, but many of the scenes did have that "edge". In the world of the assassin, one must always be alert, and given the opening scene, he could have been hit at anytime, anywhere.
Thank you for the great comment.
Posted on Mar 18, 2011 6:19:18 PM PDT
I wasn't into this either,nice review..
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011 10:43:50 PM PDT
Thank you for your comment.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2011 4:50:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 1, 2011 4:51:17 PM PDT
W. if H. approves of it, then I will have to watch it again,sometimes when I give a movie a second shot, I change my mind.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 1, 2011 9:39:26 PM PDT
Great idea. I may do the same.