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Starring: George Clooney, Violante
Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo
Bonacelli, and Johan Leysen
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features
Director: Anton Corbijn
Executive Producer: Enzo Sisti
Producer: Anne Carey, Jill Green, Ann
Wingate, Grant Heslov, and
Writer: Rowan Joffe
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George Clooney stars as a mysterious professional assassin named Jack. The movie opens in Sweden, where Jack brutally ends the life of his lover when two men come to kill him in Jack’s cabin by a frozen lake.
Jack returns to Italy, where he calls his boss at the Rome train station. The boss urges him to lie low in the Italian countryside and wait for contact. Jack is suspicious, so he decides to stay in different nearby village than the one his boss picked for him.
The local priest suspects Jack is a lost sheep who needs redemption. He strikes up a friendship with Jack, despite Jack’s guarded nature.
Meanwhile, Jack pursues a torrid liaison with a fancy call girl named Clara in the nearby larger town. Also, Jack’s boss sets up an assignment for Jack that involves Jack picking a gun for a female assassin and crafting a suppressor for the gun.
As Jack builds the weapon, including some special bullets, his affair with Clara turns into a romance. Is it possible that, together, Jack and Clara can find the simple, normal life for which they both yearn? That question gets complicated when it appears that Jack’s boss is the one behind the people who tried to kill him in Sweden and who are now hunting him in Italy.
Running a crisp 95 minutes, THE AMERICAN is a tense, suspenseful thriller. George Clooney does another excellent job as the professional assassin trying to regain his soul. Better yet, his character has wonderful, redemptive scenes with the local priest, played superbly by Italian actor Paolo Bonacelli.
Regrettably, excessive sex and nudity and a somewhat downbeat ending undercut the movie’s overtly Christian premise. There is also brief strong foul language. This negative content ruins an interesting morality tale that could have been more inspiring.
THE AMERICAN is a tense, suspenseful thriller. George Clooney does another excellent job as the professional assassin trying to regain his soul. Better yet, his character has wonderful, redemptive scenes with the local priest. Regrettably, excessive, unacceptable sex and nudity and a downbeat ending undercut the movie’s Christian premise. There is also some brief foul language.