THE AMERICAN (2010 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Starsìì

The American—a great assassination drama and a good story—earns its R-rating from nudity and sex scenes that add nothing to the story and, in fact, seem to detract from it. Even more distracting is the feeling that the scenes were added as an afterthought rather than intended to be an integral part of the story. Too bad. The storyline deserves more than a 2.8 Star rating; the sexual distractions ruin a great flick that deserves a larger audience. The movie made a tidy $47.9 million at the box office. I wonder what it would have made if it had chosen to appeal to a wider audience.

Storyline

Contract killer, Jack (George Clooney), finds himself under attack by a sniper and flees for his life while trying to understand who has a contract on his life.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Anton Corbijn for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Enzo Sisti for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jack/Edward (George Clooney), Ingrid (Irina Björklund), Hunter #1 (Lars Hjelm), Hunter #2 (Björn Granath), Pavel (Johan Leyser), Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), Man on Vespa (Giorgio Gobbi), Old Cheese Vendor (Silvana Bosi), and Mathilde (Thekla Reuten).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s an adult only film.

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