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The American (2010)

(R) 104 mins

Synopsis: An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

Director: Anton Corbijn

Writers: Rowan Joffe (screenplay), Martin Booth (novel)

Stars: George ClooneyPaolo Bonacelli and Violante Placido

Serious Jest:  (Must See)  You may find this film a bit slow, but I find it deliberate…meaning that it has a quiet intensity building up to its action scenes, which are satisfying.  Clooney is convincing as a brooding-but-explosive assassin, while Placido is beautiful and endearing enough to steal your attention for a significant amount of the film.  The scenery is breathtaking, and not since In Bruges have I watched a film and felt this much like I experienced Europe for a couple of hours…towns in Italy were their own character in this movie.  Finally, it was refreshing to see the amount of research that went into this film, in terms of setting, language, and even weaponry.  This film is worth the money to actually rent it on a Friday night.


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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