Kazed reviews: The American (2010)

Synopsis: one 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.

Here's a film which is a tad different to your average Action/Thriller. It's more of a subtle action more than anything else.

Clooney, who plays Jack (No connection to Bauer), is quite a reclusive character, one that doesn't really associate with the world, or tries to, but in doing so, finds out why he shouldn't.

The film itself tends to move a little slow following the first scene, and continues to keep this steady pace up until around midway through, where business picks up - Then it slows down again. This wasn't a negative, but the trailer made the film more than it is, which I didn't appreciate. How rude. How rude of the trailer making people. As if I have the time to watch something I think it's going to be but isn't. What nonsense. What monstrosity.

Seriously though, for what it was, it was an enjoyable semi-thriller-subtle-action type deal. The performances were nothing short of good, except that of Clooney's.

The cinematography was really impressive at parts, really easy on the eyes, and frankly was more interesting than the film. No I kid. LOL.

Here's a new one - The location. The combination of this along with the tone of the rest of the film worked perfectly, to spawn something which looked like it came out of Pre-Daniel Craig James Bond's uterus. How disgusting. I should stop writing stuff like that. Ha. Not. I'll leave it in.

Good film, a little slow, don't be fooled by the trailer, which makes it look frickin' awesome. But then, I guess that's what trailers are meant to do.

7/10 anyway, well deserved.

Here's the trailer anyways:



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