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In the aftermath of a job gone awry, an American hitman retreats to the Italian countryside, where he befriends a local priest and strikes up an unexpected romance while awaiting the details of his next assignment. Jack (George Clooney) is lucky to be alive after his Swedish assignment went sour, and he knows that it's only a matter of time before his luck runs out. Not eager to tempt fate again, Jack arrives in a small Italian town and takes a job assembling a weapon for the mysterious Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). During this uncharacteristically peaceful interlude, Jack befriends kindly clergyman Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli), and connects with pretty local Clara (Violante Placido). But in the process of reaching out for a little human contact, Jack is making himself more vulnerable than ever. The American was adapted for the screen from the novel A Very Private Gentleman by author Martin Booth.~Jason Buchanan
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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Not great but not bad
This is not a great movie but not a bad movie. Acting is good as usual by clooney. Blu ray looks good
For the progressive film fans out there this is a beauty. Anton Corbijn's The American effortlessly strays away from Hollywood's predictable thriller genre plagued by its' tendency towards an easy closure. This film will keep the viewer guessing until the very last shot and will immediately invite a second screening. Clooney's performance is one of simplistic austerity and is genuinely refreshing from his recent role in the Ocean's series. The cinematography, excellent by any regards, includes breathtaking tracking shots through the streets of Italy's steep hillside town of Castel del Montel and extraordinary extreme wide shots of Sweden's wintry Jamtland Province. Not surprisingly a Focus Features film, this is easily one of the best films to challenge the thriller genre to date.