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AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien), a CIA black-ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together, the three discover a pattern in the violence, leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on settling a personal and professional vendetta that could have cataclysmic results.
Target Aquired: Creating an American Assassin
Finding Mitch Rapp: Dylan O'Brien
Transfer of Power: Hurley and Ghost
Weaponized: Training and Stunts
In the Field: Locations
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goal in life to gain vengance.. After some near misses he is taken into a CIA training program. His lead trainer is a former Navy Seal and quite
tough. After finally completing training he starts going on missions. He has some good sucessful missions. He gets assigned toa case where some
nuclear bomb materials are stolen.This begins a search for the materials. He also gets involved in trying to stop the purchase of a trigger for the
nuclear bomb. You can't write this review without recognizing The actress who portrays Irene Kennedy. After finally locating the bomb a chase begins to stop the detonation of the nuclear bomb. There is an evil villain who goes by the nickname of Ghost.There is a screeching conclusion to
this movie. I hope to see more Mitch Rapp movies.
The first thing I want to say about American Assassin is that it’s a fitting tribute to Flynn. Tom Clancy wasn’t happy with the screen adaptations of his bestselling novels. I believe that Vince Flynn would be more than pleased at this adaptation of his novel by the same name. This movie was excellent in every way. The script was as tight and to the point as Flynn’s own story. Michael Cuesta, who made a name for himself directing Six Feet Under and Blue Bloods showed that he has what it takes to direct a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Finally, I really have to complement the performances of Michael Keaton and Dylan O'Brien. The latter made a name for himself playing Styles, the side-kick in the MTV horror-drama show Teen Wolf. While he wasn’t the “star” of Teen Wolf, he’s clearly matriculated into a more substantial actor than anyone else who ever appeared under the MTV screen logo. O’Brian literally made himself into Mitch Rapp.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away. I’d rather you go to the theater and let it unfold for yourself. It begins with Rapp, an Ivy League grad student proposing to his fiancé just moments before a terrorist attack. He survives, she doesn’t. Mitch takes it upon himself to track and kill the terrorists responsible. He trains in martial arts, fire-arms and languages, and manages to pass himself off as an extremist looking to join his enemy's cause. But things go bad. He's arrested by the C.I.A and questioned for 30 days. Seeing his potential, Irene Kennedy recruits him into a CIA off-the-books program called Orion, where he is taught the deadly art of hunting evil doers by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). Hurley takes Mitch on a mission to stop a plutonium sale, largely as back-up to a more experienced agent named Victor. When Victor is killed, Mitch is thrust into the center of the operation.
One last thing I liked about this movie. The actors were clearly prepared. I hate seeing actors stumble into the role of someone who should have language skills, but obviously doesn’t. Flynn wrote Mitch Rapp as an International Business major fluent in French, Arabic and Persian, for whom learning languages was a necessary job skill. O’Brian and Keaton clearly took serious instruction in languages as well as hand-to-hand to prepare for their parts. Their preparation helped make American Assassin a fantastic start to what I expect to be a great movie franchise.