Sunday, December 19, 2010

The American (2010)

The American (2010)

Genre: Drama
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: George Clooney, Irina Bjoklund, Violante Placido
Duration: 105 min.
Rating: 7.8/10

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman.  When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Pavel that his next assignment will be his last.  Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell.  The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed.  Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara.  But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate. 


The American is former music video director Anton Corbijn's second feature film.  The cinematography is breathtaking, with very creative camera angles and lighting and one the best aerial shots I have ever seen.  The poster and trailer are misleading as this is not an intense action thriller, but instead a languid and captivating character sketch.  With great acting from George Clooney and a wonderful international cast, this is in my opinion, one of the best English language films of the year.                    


Gie And said...

Never heard of this movie, I might check it out, looks good

stoneycase said...

poster looks like a rip off old james bond movies. however the movie looks good, so i'll let it slide...this time...

Das Auto! said...

i hadn't heard of this movie, but clooney's the man so i'm going to check it out

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