Becky and I went to see the new George Clooney movie The American on Friday at the AMC theater in Castle Rock, CO. The Fandango website at The American describes the movie as follows:
“Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller. As an assassin, Jack (Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside. He relishes being away from death for a spell as he holes up in a small medieval town. While there, Jack takes an assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). Savoring the peaceful quietude he finds in the mountains of Abruzzo, Jack accepts the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues a torrid liaison with a beautiful woman, Clara (Violante Placido). Jack and Clara’s time together evolves into a romance, one seemingly free of danger. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate…”
Becky and I were apparently just a little too American for The American because we both thought this movie sucked, along with most of the movie theater we were in that were actually booing at the end of the film. I can’t say we’ve seen that happen in a movie in a long time. That’s because after watching this terrible movie for an hour and forty-five minutes it had an ending that sucked too. Which should have been no surprise. There were about five characters in the entire film. A priest, George’s character who is an assassin, his boss that he talks to on the phone periodically and a woman assassin. It could have been a really bad play or a short story instead of a major motion picture.
All we could figure is that George Clooney decided he wanted to do a movie and heard that he could go to Italy and film this low budget “thriller (?)”. There is no music in this movie, so you’ll hear everyone in the theater eating their popcorn. That was a bit annoying. You will see George do plenty of push-ups and pull-ups, along with having sex with a prostitute he is apparently in love with by the end of the movie, if that interests you?
What was the point of this film? Is it a movie about his character being an assassin or a guy trying to find himself after he realizes his job really sucks or about how getting into a relationship with a prostitute might workout after all? Is it about butterflies? or… It’s right up there with trying to figure out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, “the world may never know”.
Unless you’re in the mood for some soft porn that’s included in this movie, which wasn’t what we were wanting to see, but unfortunately was the most exciting part of the film, we can’t even suggest this as a good rental. It’s beyond boring and a complete waste of time.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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