by Keith Kelly
Clooney’s latest film, “The American” is a movie I really wanted to
like. It’s got a brooding George, beautiful Italian scenery,
intrigue and action, and a “Hitchcockian” look and feel-substituting
Mr. Clooney for Cary Grant. However, it’s pacing is glacial, and
any plot twists are telegraphed several times before any real
George plays “Jack”, who is looking for a
change in his life. He wants to get out of his role in the
assassination business, find a little love, and settle down, after
“One Last Job”. That’s pretty much the whole plot-spread thinly out
over an hour and a half or so.
The film is actually a character study
with very little dialogue or action, and will probably disappoint
anyone looking for a rousing action flick. If you go into the film
without any preconceptions, however, it does have a certain slow
brooding charm. Clooney’s performance is very understated-in fact
the whole film is also. If you like your movies loud, bold and
boisterous (like many Americans are viewed overseas) this movie
definitely won’t be your cup of tea.
I give “The American”
directed by Anton Corbijn, a grade of C+. I’m Keith Kelly.
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