The American (2010)

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Monday, April 04, 2011

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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.
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15 out of 100  Tourist infomercial
Donal from Donegal, 15 Apr 2011
Dire, dire , dire, two hours of my life i will never get back, lots of moody scenes set against a backdrop of mountain villages as devoid of life as this appaling movie. I waited and waited for a plot but it failed to appear, Clooney obviously made this because he owns a holiday home nearby and i would assume a nice back hander from the Italian tourist board must have sealed the deal AVOID AVOID AVOID

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Brian from Kerry, 28 May 2011
An American hitman lays up in a remote Italian village while he waits to do the deadly deed. Time passes. He's distracted by the local call girl. More time passes. This stuff was done well by Godard, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Wenders, et al because for them the meaninglessness of it all had a touching significance. Here nothing has any significance. Corbijn is a video director with tremendous style – 'Control', his debut feature, is a beautiful piece – but he is not a director over-burdened with soul. You can see his attraction to the genre: it allowed him to reduce everything to an exercise in design and mood. But it all adds up to… well, nothing. Clooney gives a nuanced performance as the self-reliant stoic, caught in a Faustian world of his own creation. But this film will disappoint not only his mainstream fans, but also those who admire him for his more radical choices.

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

35 out of 100  Solid
Conor from Louth, 26 Apr 2011
The oft used story of a hitman trying to come to terms with his lifestyle choice. Not a great profession to hand in your resignation. Clooney has another tough job here, knocking off people and bedding women, all against the picturesque backdrop of a little cobble street Italian village. Worth a watch.

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

5 out of 100  If it was any more slow moving....
Noel from Dublin, 26 Apr 2011
It would be stationary. The movie is very slow moving and if you're waiting for something to actually happen, you are disappointed. Very badly made and the story is practically non-existent, its that bad. Life is too precious to watch two hours of mindless drivel so avoid it at all costs!

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

5 out of 100  Superficial and self-indulgent
Sinead from Dublin, 23 May 2011
The best part of this film is the opening scene; from there, it plummets downhill rapidly. While you’re waiting for something to happen, you see a grumpy-looking George Clooney for long periods, meet a number of fairly one-dimensional (poorly-scripted) female characters and are treated to some fabulous Italian village scenery. You also get the feeling that you’ve heard or seen this story before, though in a different context – it feels like a western, is entirely predictable and robs you of over an hour and a half! Give this one a miss.

1 people out of 2 found this review helpful

5 out of 100  Appalling
Donna from Dublin, 08 Apr 2011
Absolutely attrocious, featuring a wooden performance from Clooney and a lack of any sort of plot direction. Where there was a semblance of a story it was utterly predictable and to be brutally honest, pretty pointless.

1 people out of 1 found this review helpful

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