Sunday, August 7, 2011

Movie Review: The American



We saw this on Friday and wow, it's amazing. It's slow, at times, but the shots, oh wow. It's directed by Anton Corbijn, and it is so obvious that a photographer has directed this movie. The shots are amazing.

IMDB has the following storyline written and I couldn't have done a better job:
"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. "

Like I said, the story can be slow at times, but this is one of the better movies I've seen all year. For me it fits in the same category as Lost in Translation and A single man, somewhat art movies, but you have to see them more than once to enjoy and understand them fully. George Clooney is, at first, not a guy I would be interested in, but as the movie ends, you sympathize with him. Thekla Reuten is an amazing actress and I wish she would do more bigger roles as she is one of my favorite Dutch actresses. I would really recommend this movie to everyone, though it has to be your style.

Have you seen it or are you planning to see it?

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